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Change does not have to tear 
a church apart. Joe Bayly offers 
words of advice for traditional- 
ists and innovators in the cover 
story, which begins on page 4. 

Cover art by Linda Waters 

Vol. 99. No. I January 1977 

4 How to Survive Shock in Church 

Joseph Bayly helps innovation freaks and diehard traditionalists 
cope with change in the church. 

8 You Need to Make Decisions 

Have trouble making those all-important decisions? Ed Dayton 
and Ted Engstrom offer suggestions in this "something-for-you- 
to-do" article. 

Brethren Church Ministries 

11 Ashland Theological Seminary 

Church Outreach through Seminary Outreach. 

24 Missions 

Three Years Old and Growing; OPERATION IMPACT; 
Winfields Retire; Missionary Board Highlights. 


17 Update 

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30 Church Growth Forum 

31 Auxiliary Programs 

Coming Next Month 

I found it! — a comprehensive report on how Brethren churches 
participated in "Here's Life, America" in November. 

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of senior citizens Jurisa Garwood, DeMain Warner, and Bessie 
Grove. Also featured will be the present work of the Board. 

Brealifast at the City Dump — part of an update on the ministry 
of the World Relief Board of the Brethren Church. 

January 1977 

How to Survive 


In Church 

Joseph Bayly helps both innovation freaks 
and diehard traditionalists in the church find 
a healthy Christian balance. 

CHANGE is upon us. You don't have 
to read Alvin Toffler's Future Shock 

(although I hope you do) to reahze that 
we are going through one of the greatest 
periods of change in history. 

Kenneth Boulding, the eminent econo- 
mist, states that we are in the great divide 
of human history: "The world of today . . . 
is as different from the world in which 
I was born as that was from Julius 
Caesar's. I was born in the middle of 
human history, roughly. Almost as much 
has happened since I was born as hap- 
pened before." 

And the church is not immune to these 
winds of change. Several years ago, Henry 
Horn, of University Lutheran Church, 
Cambridge, Mass., spoke of change in 
worship: "The sweep is irresistible. Few 
congregations can maintain their com- 
posure. If one sends youth to conferences 
or conventions, they come back singing 
the new tunes and pressing for local 
change. If he [the pastor] relies on the 
old ladies to maintain the congregation's 
sanity, he finds that they too dabble in 

Joseph Bayly, columnist and consulting editor 
for ETERNITY magazine is vice-president of 
product and marketing for David C. Cook Pub- 
lishing Co. He is also author of six books. 

folk masses at their conventions away 
from home. The only people who can re- 
main pure are those who never go any- 
where and never do anything; for them 
to be defenders of the status quo is of 
small help." 

Some things don't change, or are 
changed at the risk of destroying the 
organism. St. Paul speaks of the organism 
that is the church when he writes, "There 
can be no other foundation beyond that 
which is already laid; I mean Jesus 
Christ himself" (I Cor. 3:11). 

In an age of drastic change, we are 
doubtless inclined to forget that many 
things do not or cannot change. But in 
the church we also have the opposite 
attitude, that change is regrettable at 
best, an indication of the evil nature of 
the times at worst. 

St. Paul indicates otherwise. In the 
passage already quoted he goes on to say : 
"Let each take care how he builds [on 
that foundation]." 

All building requires change. The foun- 
dation is the same from generation to 
generation, but the superstructure may be 
quite different. 

When he was 11 years old, my son 
David said at breakfast one morning, "I 
wish I didn't have any habits." 

I replied, "If you didn't have any habits, 

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you couldn't live. You couldn't possibly 
meet all of life fresh every day unless you 
did most things by habit." 

"O, Dad," he said, "you know what I 
mean. I wish I didn't have any bad habits." 
And I said I wished I didn't have any bad 
habits, too. 

Tradition is group habit. Just as there 
are good and bad personal habits, so there 
are good and bad group habits. The church 
cannot start afresh every day. Yet it can- 
not always be entrenched in tradition and 
opposed to change. Our responsibility in 
the church is to continue good traditions, 
root out and replace bad ones. 

How can we change group habits in 
the church? What are the principles for 
initiating change that is Christian, making 
the change most helpful and least trau- 
matic to the institution? Here are some 
suggestions : 

1. Change cannot deny the dignity of 
the individual. When we consider specific 
changes, we must consider all the genera- 
tions, all groups in the church — not just 
youth, for instance, or middle-aged people. 

Jesus didn't establish a teenage church. 
Introducing a total diet of new loud or 
folk music will turn off many older people. 

But Jesus didn't establish a middle-age 
church either. We must be prepared to 
accept, if not thoroughly to enjoy, the 

music of youth in the church as well as 
our own preferred music from the past. 

2. Considering changes, we should 
recognize a hierarchy of tradition. It is 
usually better to start low on the scale, 
where change is less threatening, than 
high. For instance, if we are trying to 
introduce new patterns of worship, or a 
different type of music, the traditional 
eleven o'clock Sunday morning worship 
service is the worst place to start. The 
Sunday evening service or the early Sun- 
day morning service has a much greater 
likelihood of success. 

In the latter instance, v/e are giving 
people the option of choosing the tradi- 
tional or the new. Some churches have 
found, after a period of time, that the 
early service attracts more people than 
the later one. This indicates that change 
can be moved into the more traditional 

3. The implications of change should 
always be considered. 

At a conference in California, I met five 
or six couples who had moved away from 
the traditional church and established a 
home church. The experience was beau- 
tiful for all the couples except one. They 
were a bit older than the others, they had 
significantly less education, and they had 
children who were getting into the teen- 

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age years, who very much needed a Chris- 
tian education program related to their 
needs and peer-group friends. I advised 
this couple to move back into a traditional 

4. We must be careful not to change 
too abruptly lest we destroy the group's 
continuity with the past. The late Emmett 
Browne, Progressive National Baptist 
pastor in Durham, N.C., expressed it to 
me in this way: "When I was young, and 
on the farm, we had a saying, 'If the 
wagon gets stuck in a rut, don't turn it 
out too suddenly or you'll break the 
tongue.' " Or as C. Stacey Woods said to 
me years ago, "Burn Rome slowly, but 
burn it." 

The other side is presented in this 
anecdote by retired Bishop Schwalm of 
the Brethren in Christ Church: "Wagons 
used to have holdback straps. Their func- 
tion was to keep the wagon from gaining 
momentum and going right over the horse 
on a steep downward slope. The horse 
could rear back against the straps, holding 
back the wagon. 

"One pastor had a man on his official 
board who was negative to every new idea 
that came up. After about two years, he 
said to the pastor, 'I suppose you wonder 
why I vote against every proposal for 
change. It's because a wagon needs hold- 
back straps.' 

" 'You're right,' replied the pastor, 'but 
not when it's standing still.' " 

5. The pastor should not be expected 
to violate his own principles or person- 
ality for the sake of particular changes. 
At times he should stand back and let 
others initiate the change. 

6. We should be careful, if we learn 
about something new that is working 
somewhere else, not to adopt it auto- 
matically for our own church. Every sit- 
uation is different; some innovations at 
Chicago's Circle Church or Palo Alto's 
Peninsula Bible Church will just not work 
at First Baptist in Des Moines or Trinity 
Congregational in Brattleboro. 

7. If we do adopt innovations that are 
working elsewhere, we should be careful 
to adapt them to our own church situa- 
tion. Modifications are almost always 

8. A tentative attitude is another 

important element in introducing many 
changes. Toffler speaks of the new 
"adhocracy," the growing practice of 
temporary rather than permanent com- 
mittees, procedures, etc. Applied to change 
in the church, we will suggest changes for 
three months or a year, and thus be pre- 
pared to back away from them if they do 
not work out. This provides a fail-safe 

Even changes change 

Ray Stedman of Peninsula Bible Church 
tells about an innovation in the Sunday 
evening fellowship hours, that encouraged 
people who had a financial need that they 
otherwise could not meet to take money 
out of the offering plate when it was 
passed, rather than simply put money in. 
Later this was adjusted to a maximum 
sum of $10; more recently, I understand 
that it has been abondoned. The point is 
that this change was not set in concrete, 
but itself could be changed. 

9. When considering changes in the 
church, we should take a fresh look at past 
ideas and methods that have once worked, 
and then been abandoned — perhaps for 

As an example, when I was a high 
school student in New York City, our 
church youth group held street meetings. 
They were exciting opportunities to evan- 
gelize those who never came into the 
church, but they also built us up in bold- 
ness, in ability to articulate our faith, and 
in skill at responding extemporaneously to 
questioners and hecklers. 

Perhaps this is a time to consider 
reviving such a street-meeting ministry, 
which has appeared in history at various 
times, including the generations of White- 
field and St. Paul. 

10. Many changes fail because of poor 
communication. The official board rejects 
them because the pastor comes to a meet- 
ing asking for immediate action, without 
laying the groundwork with the chairman 
in private, and the board in previous 
meetings. When recommending change, 
we should give the decisionmakers as 
much leadtime to become accustomed to 
the idea as it took us — more, if we were 

"Tradition is group habit. Our responsibility 
in the church is to continue good traditions, 
root out and replace bad ones." 

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in a seminar or conference atmosphere 
when the idea came to us. 

Then, when a decision has been made, 
our constituents — the people in the church 
— should be told about the coming change 
enough in advance to adjust their thinking 
to it. This may require notices in the 
church bulletin, posters, announcements 
from the pulpit, even personal consulta- 
tion with leaders. 

Reasons for the change and expected 
benefits should be stressed. An attitude of 
congregational expectancy should be fos- 
tered. Fears should be relieved. 

11. We must always be aware of the 
risks involved in change. 

Risk? Yes, but life without risk is life 
without much opportunity for the growth 
of faith. 

A rector of the Church of England 
expressed his feelings in these words: 
"Wherever St. Paul went, there was a 
revolution. Wherever I go, they serve tea." 

Some striking examples from secular 
history may provide encouragement to 
take risks — something that is needed in 
a Future Shock society. 

"A committee appointed by King Fer- 
dinand and Queen Isabella of Spain gave 
the following reasons in 1490 for believing 
that a voyage such as the one proposed 
by Columbus would be an error: 1) a 
voyage to Asia would require three years ; 

2) the Western Ocean is infinite and per- 
haps unnavigable; 3) if he reached the 
Antipodes, he could not get back; 4) 
there are no Antipodes because the 
greater part of the globe is covered with 
water and because St. Augustine says 
so; 5) of the five zones only three are 
habitable; and 6) so many centuries 
after the Creation, it is unlikely that any- 
one could find hitherto unknown lands of 
any value. 

"One week before the successful flight 
of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, 
N.C., the New York Times had this to say 
about a rival plane builder: 'We hope that 
Professor Langley will not put his sub- 
stantial greatness as a scientist in further 
peril by continuing to waste his time, and 
the money involved, in further airship 
experiments. Life is short, and he is cap- 
able of services to humanity incomparably 
greater than can be expected to result 
from trying to fly.' 

"Vannevar Bush commented in 1945 to 
President Truman as follows regarding 
the atomic bomb: "The bomb will never 
go off, and I speak as an expert in 
explosives." (Kenneth Cauthen, in the 
Journal of Pastoral Care) 

Our choice in the church is between 
risk and tea-serving, between initiating 
change and arguing over the last deck 
chair on the Titanic. 

January 1977 

You Need 
to Make 

Ed Day+on and Ted Engs+rom show how 
making decisions can help you live a purpose- 
ful life. 

MANY people go through Hfe feehng 
that each major decision is traumatic. 
They picture themselves as procrastina- 
tors, people who just have difficulty 
making any decision. And yet most of 
them make many more decisions than 
they are aware of. 

And probably, so do you. Which deci- 
sions did you make today? You decided 
what time to get up this morning. You 
decided what to wear. You decided what 
you would eat. You decided to read this 

True, these may have been spur-of-the- 
moment decisions, but they were decisions, 
nevertheless. It is a fact that we do have 
control over most of our decisions even 
though, in one sense, it is impossible to 
make a decision about the future. 

In fact, James implies that such think- 
ing is completely presumptuous. "Come 
now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow 
we will go into such and such a town and 
spend a year there and trade and get gain' ; 
whereas you do not know about tomorrow. 

Ed Dayton is director of the World Vision 
Missions Advanced Research and Coininiinication 
Center. Ted Engstrom is executive vice-president 
cf World Vision International. Both men have 
traveled widely helping pastors and other Chris- 
tian leaders learn to manage their time. 

What is your life ? For you are a mist that 
appears for a little time and then vanishes. 
Instead, you ought to say, 'If the Lord 
wills, we shall live and we shall do this 
or that'" (James 4:13-15, RSV). 

If the Lord wills. Our times are in His 
hands, but to recognize that fact and to 
act upon it is a decision in itself. And 
though we may not be able to control 
tomorrow, the decisions that we make 
today will have a tremendous effect upon 
us. James is not telling us to make no 
decisions, but to recognize that we need 
to make decisions in light of God's 

Be an initiator 

We need to strive to be pro-active, to 
be initiators, rather than to continually 
be reacting as responders to the situation 
around us. If we wait until we are forced 
to a decision, too often the decision can 
only be yes or no, go or don't go. That is 
why we need to set a goal for the future, 
so we will open to ourselves the possibility 
of alternatives. 

We need to look ahead to future goals. 
The more time we have, the more alter- 
natives there are. It is surprising how 
often we fail to see this. 

We are faced with a decision, perhaps 
an opportunity for a new job in another 


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''We need to strive to be initiators, rather 
than to continually be reacting" as respond- 
ers to the situation around us/' 

city. The apparent question is, "Will we 
take the job?" This is based on some other 
questions: "Are we willing to leave our 
present job and our present home?" 
"Would we rather work for the new 
company than work for our present 

But as soon as we have made a decision 
that we would be willing to leave our 
present location, we open ourselves up to 
a whole range of other alternatives. Once 
we realize that there is perhaps a better 
situation for us in another locality, then 
we should consider not only the oppor- 
tunity offered to us, but all the other 
opportunities that may lie alongside it. 

The next time you are faced with a 
decision to substitute one goalfor another 
(move or stay), ask yourself what other 
goals you might have if you are willing 
to give up the first one. 

The decisions we make reflect on our 
goals. When we recognize that there is 
more than one possible outcome, we are 
in effect recognizing that we might have 
more than one desirable goal. 

Decisions can be changed 

Recognize that very few decisions are 
irrevocable. Most of them can be changed. 
Perhaps the decision we make to accept 

Christ is the only permanent decision of 
our life. 

Have you made a decision to go some- 
where? Can you not just as easily make 
another decision not to go? 

Perhaps a year ago you made a decision 
to set out on a certain course of action. 
When people questioned you about it, per- 
haps you responded, "But I made a 
decision!" Very good. Now make another 
decision to change that course! 

It all adds up to experience 

One of the marks of a good decision- 
maker is that he or she has the ability to 
put past "mistakes" to work. He or she 
recognizes that life is full of bad decisions. 

"The story is told of a crusty old bank 
president who was about to retire. The 
board of directors had passed over a 
number of older men and had chosen 
a fast-rising young executive as his 

"One morning the young president-to-be 
made an appointment with his predecessor 
to seek some advice. 'Mr. Adams,' he said, 
'as you know, I lack a great deal of the 
qualifications you already have for this 
job. You have been very successful as 
president of this bank. I wondered if you 
would care to share with me some of the 

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Small decisions to move in a new direction, 
toward a new goal, are much easier to make 
when we see that they are changeable. 

insights you have gained, those things 
which you beheve have been the key to 
your success?" 

"Adams fixed him with his bushy- 
browed stare and replied, 'Young man, 
two words: good decisions!' 

" 'Thank you very much, sir. But how 
does one make good decisions?' replied 
the younger man. 

" 'One word, young man: experience!' 

" 'But how does one get experience?' 

" 'Two words, young man: bad de- 
cisions!' " 

If you are lost in the woods with no 
idea of where you are, and you see a fire 
lookout tower up on a hill, as a sensible 
person you will make a decision to start 
moving toward that tower. Now, it may 
well be that as you head for the tower, 
you may encounter a stream which you 
cannot cross. You will have to change 
your plans, make a new decision to move 
down the stream to find another place 
where you can cross. As you keep moving 
tov/ard the tower, you may suddenly come 
across a well-known path leading home 
which will completely change your initial 
desision to move toward the tower. 

Small decisions to move in a new direc- 
tion, toward a new goal, are much easier 
to make when we see that they are 

Decide ! Make a decision ! And when you 
have made a decision, be proud of it. "Hey, 
look! I just made a decision!" 

And when the time comes to change 
that decision, be proud of that too. Making 
decisions about your life is the stuff that 
life is made of. 


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In order to prioritize, in order to begin 
to manage our life, we have to decide to 
do it. We have much more control over 
decisions of life than most of us are aware. 
We can decide. Most decisions are not 
irrevocable. They can be changed. All of 
life is made up of "good decisions" and 
"bad decisions," the sum total of which 
is experience! 

Reprinted from Strategy for Living by Edward R. Dayton and Ted 
W. Engstrom. Copyriglit 1976 by Gospel Light Publications, Glen- 
dale, CA 91209. Used by permission. 

Somefhing for you to do 

Make a list of all of the decisions you 
made today. Which ones gave you diffi- 
culty? Why? 

Make a list of decisions you wish you 
had not made. As you look them over, are 
they revocable? 

As you look at the decisions that face 
you in the immediate future, which of 
these would have been easier to make a 
month ago, or a year ago? 


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Ashland Theological Seminary 

Church outreach 

through Seminary outreach 

Through Christian Ministry 

OUTREACH through Christian minis- 
try is the primary focus of the 
program at A.T.S. Approximately 65 to 
70 Brethren ministers at the present time 
have received their training at the Sem- 
inary. This ministry is literally from 
Maryland to California, and from Illinois 
to Florida. The faithfulness of local 
pastors among Brethren congregations is 
one of the most vital ministries in the 
world today. The "body of faith" at the 
grass roots is primary to Christianity. 

The enrollment has increased about 10 
percent this year. The following is a break- 
down of our enrollment: Ashland campus, 
172; Cleveland Center for Theological 
Education, 30; Pastoral Psychology and 
Counseling Programs, 13 (plus 41 Ashland 
campus students) ; Human Resource and 
Development Program, 24; and Doctor of 
Ministry, 11. 

Outreach through church leaders in 
general is also a goal of the Seminary. 
There are many kinds and levels of ser- 
vice which require distinct training. A.T.S. 
is a center of training not only for pastors 
but also church leadership. Many serious 
laymen, engineers, school teachers, chem- 
ists, and bank examiners are also studying 
the Scriptures and the faith at the highest 

The "exegeting," interpreting, and teach- 
ing of Scriptures is the sole responsibility 
of the Church. Certainly it is not the 
responsibility of the government, the 
public schools, or the courts for the keep- 
ing of the revelation of God in Christ. The 
Seminary's primary outreach is through 
pastor/teachers "rightly dividing the word 

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of truth." The Seminary is at its best when 
teaching Scriptures at the highest level in 
the church. 

Outreach of the church through the 
Seminary is made possible by the "Fair 
Share Gift" of $5.00 per member. 


Church outreach 

through Seminary outreach 

Through World Mission 

OUTREACH also takes place through 
graduates who are now serving in 
Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, 
India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Uganda, Republic 
of South Africa, Central America, and the 
Far East. In Argentina, of course, grad- 
uates are working in church planting, 
radio, and in training programs for na- 
tional leaders. In Belgium a recent grad- 
uate is working in the area of translation 
of materials for youth and children. In 
Colombia the work is primarily in the area 
of evangelism and church planting. In 
India our graduates include a principal of 
a theological school, as well as those work- 
ing in programs of church planting, train- 
ing of national leaders, clinics, orphanages, 
and evangelism. Outreach in Malaysia is 
through classes for children, youth pro- 
grams, and general door-to-door evangel- 
ism. A recent graduate of our clinical pro- 
grams has been assigned to Uganda to 
minister to the church leaders so that they 
might be more effective in their work. 

Outreach through new programs of 

training for missionary candidates is 
needed. Although there are a few "schools 
of world mission," very little is being done 
in training candidates at the seminary 
level. Courses such as "Theories of Ling- 
uistics," "Anthropology," and "Sociology" 
are needed for "first degree" candidates. 
The world scene and nationalism are so 
dynamic that it is difficult to keep up; 
however, the basic training is still needed 
by thousands of missionary candidates. 

A.T.S. has plans to expand its program 
to include "world mission." However, 
sources of finance are needed to devel- 
op this expanding area of theological 

"The harvest truly is plenteous, but the 
laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the 
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth 
laborers into his harvest." 

Outreach of the Church through the 
Seminary is made possible by the "Fair 
Share Gift" of $5.00 per member. 


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Through fhe Teaching Ministry 

OUTREACH of the Seminary— and the 
Church — is in the ministry of teaching 
in Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and 
seminaries. Higher education is a "rich 
harvest field" of the Lord. Humanism is 
in battle with Christianity for the minds 
of young people. Many modern terms are 
in vogue; however, the age-old battle for 
the hearts and minds of each new genera- 
tion continues. The teaching ministry in 
colleges and seminaries is the arena of 
this battle. 

Outreach of Seminary graduates as 
teachers is now realized in a number of 
Bible colleges. Ashland graduates are used 
by these schools because of our excellent 
academic standing and conservative Bibli- 
cal position. In September 1976 a graduate 
was promoted to the position of dean in 
his school. He is thankful for his training 
in philosophy of education and curriculum 
building. As an alumnus he sends his grad- 
uates to Ashland for a seminary education. 
Ashland has also helped two schools re- 
ceive accreditation. 

Outreach of graduates as teachers in 
liberal arts colleges is also a ministry for 
the Seminary. Not only at Ashland College 

but also at other colleges, Seminary grad- 
uates are teaching the Bible as God's 
Word. Student response is positive and 
many are directed towards the Christian 
ministry. Sometimes through personal trial 
and error young men and women come to 
realize that the gospel is the only true 
answer for the problems of society and 
the world. In fact, some of these students 
become staunch defenders of the faith. 
The Seminary has many students coming 
from college campuses. 

Outreach of the Seminary — and the 
Church — is through teaching profession 
at seminaries. There are seven Brethren 
Seminary graduates on the faculty and 
staff at A.T.S. This in itself is no small 
ministry. The influence and outreach 
through hterally hundreds of pastors' 
ministries is immeasurable. A.T.S. will al- 
ways need a number of qualified Brethren 
teachers. Brethren outreach through the 
Seminary rests in its faculty and staff. 

How better could the Brethren Church 
extend its mission in the world than 
through its Seminary and faculty. Out- 
reach of the Church through the Seminary 
is made possible by the "Fair Share Gift" 
of $5.00 per member. 


Church ouf reach 

through Seminary outreach 

Through Pastoral Counseling 

OUTREACH of Seminary— and the 
Church — is extended through various 
programs in pastoral psychology and 
counseling. Mental disorders, marital prob- 
lems, drug culture, juvenile delinquency, 
and a host of other personal and social 
problems are overwhelming today. The 
Church, as God's servant in the world, has 
responsibility to create healing, reconciling 
ministries to society in general. 

Ashland Theological Seminary has three 
programs of pastoral psychology and 
counseling. One is directed through the 
Cleveland Psychiatric Institute. Over a 
period of 8 years, approximately 60 stu- 
dents have graduated with a very special- 
ized training in pastoral counseling. Such 
courses as "Psychology of Personality," 
"Psychopathology," "Alcoholism," and 
"Geriatrics" are taught in this program. 
Its most significant aspect is that it is 
conducted in the hospital itself. Students 

have direct contact with residents and 
patients. Following an interview with the 
patients, the students most discern what 
has been the heart of the conversation. 

Outreach in a second program is con- 
ducted at Western Reserve Psychiatric 
Habilitation Center. This program is much 
like the first one. However, it has a certain 
emphasis on chaplaincy. This program has 
been the base for the training of many 
chaplains for the criminal and mental 
health institutions in Ohio. 

This kind of ministry is most difficult 
and requires a certain kind of person, yet 
it is also most rewarding. The Seminary 
has received three ex-criminals who were 
converted in prison and are now faithfully 
ministering in churches! 

A third program is conducted in Akron 
through the EMERGE Counseling Center. 
Dr. Richard Dobbins, an Assembly of God 
minister, holds a doctoral degree in pas- 
toral psychology and counseling. He is a 
member of the American Psychological 
Association. Because of his own pastoral 
experiences over the last 20 years, he has 
a strong feeling toward the pastoral min- 
istries. This new program has a total of 
25 students. Again, these students get 
experience in hospitals, suicide prevention 
centers, community counseling centers, 
and nursing homes. 

The outreach of the Seminary in this 
area came about not so much by direct 
design as by pressing need. All students 
in these programs get their basic Biblical 
and theological courses at the Ashland 

Outreach of the Church through the 
Seminary is made possible by the "Fair 
Share Gift" of $5.00 per member. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Through Urban Pasfors 

OUTREACH in a new and vital area is 
through the "Cleveland Center for 
Theological Education." Northern Ohio 
and the Cleveland area is the only large 
metropolitan area in the United States 
without accredited Protestant theological 
education. Over 1000 churches and 1500 
ministers wait to be served. 

For the past three years Ashland has 
directed two night classes each quarter 
in Cleveland. Such classes as "New Test- 
ament I and 11," "the Gospel of Mark," 
"Pastoral Counseling," and "Church 
Growth" are being taught in this Center. 
The present enrollment is approximately 
30 pastors and lay people. These include 
15 black students and lay persons pre- 
paring for Christian ministries. 

In addition to men and women who are 
now serving as ministers, there are stu- 
dents who now work for NASA, Kodak, 
Salvation Army, the School of Nursing, 
and as general laborers. Many of these 
students are looking forward to full-time 
Christian ministries. It is only through the 
outreach of the Seminary that these stu- 
dents have an opportunity to receive a 
theological education. 

A.T.S. is also a part of a program of 
training inner-city pastors. Approximately 

26 black pastors meet twice a week for 
instruction and professional training. 
Even though these men have been pastors, 
some for many years, this is the first 
formal instruction many have received in 
the Christian ministry. 

Altogether, Ashland has approximately 
45 black men and women in training. The 
outreach of the Seminary in this area is 
probably the largest of any seminary in 
the Midwest. 

Outreach of the Church through the 
Seminary is made possible by the "Fair 
Share Gift" of $5.00 per member. 

January 1977 


Church outreach 

through Seminary outreach 

Through the Seminary Itself 

OUTREACH in the Seminary itself is 
also a distinct ministry of the Church. 
Many students who are seeking the Lord's 
will in their lives come to the Seminary for 
direction. It is in the midst of the program 
itself, when they are taking courses such 
as ' the Gospel of John," "Old Testament 
I," "Theology," and "Hermeneutics," that 
they can discover what their real purpose 
in life is. It is not unusual that students 
in the Seminary come to renewed personal 
commitments. The chapel programs are 
geared to a wide variety of needs of the 
student body. 

The outreach of the Ashland Theolog- 
ical Seminary is also in its witness to the 
other 150 Protestant seminaries across 
the United States. We are a witness that 
evangelical Christianity can have academ- 
ic credibility. The Seminary budget at 
Ashland Theological Seminary is also a 
witness to good management. The average 
annual cost of seminaries across the 
United States is $4400 per student. Ash- 
land's average cost per student per year 
is approximately $1500. Ashland is doing 
more for the size of its budget than any 
other seminary in the country! 

The total Seminary budget is approx- 
imately $300,000. Student fees account for 
about $150,000. So $150,000 must be raised 
through special gifts, endowment income, 
and church gifts. Fair share giving of 
$5.00 per member is the Church's outreach 
through the Seminary around the world. 

Why should the Brethren Church con- 
tinue to give to the "$5.00 Fair Share 
Giving" program? There are several 
strong reasons: 

1) Ashland Theological Seminary is a 
center of training for Brethren leaders 
and pastors; 

2) The Seminary has provided a vast 
number of missionary candidates for the 
foreign missionary program; and 

3) The administration and the majority 
of faculty are Brethren. 

Your gifts now and throughout 1977 
will make you an active partner in the 
Brethren Church's outreach through 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 





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The Brethren Evangelist 


news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

Brethren Evangelist Changes Continue 

by Ronald W. Waters 
Managing Editor 

The staff of the Brethren Evangehst is happy 
to announce a significant change in the magazine 
for the coming year. 

If you have been a regular reader, you will 
recall that in the past each denominational board 
prepared material for every issue. Because of 
space limitations, their material was often con- 
fined to one page. 

Naturally, it is difficult to provide insight into 
a work in such limited space. Even more seriously, 
each board had to compete with the others for 
the reader's attention. What resulted was the 
appearance of division rather than a unified thrust 
to meet the spiritual needs of mankind. 

Beginning with this issue we will try to correct 
all of that. Each month you will find only two 
ministries highlighted. One will be the concern 
normally emphasized that month across the 
brotherhood (this month it happens to be the 
Seminary — page 11). The other will be a ministry 
selected at random at the beginning of the year 
(see Missions, page 24). 

Throughout 1977 you will read indepth articles 
about Missions (six months); Christian Education 
(five months); the Benevolent Board (four 

Gentle to host 1 977 tour 
to Europe, Schwarzenau 

Goshen, Ind. — Rev. Spencer Gentle will be hosting 
a tour to Europe in May of 1977 at which time an 
optional trip to Schwarzenau, the birthplace of the 
Brethren Church, will be made. 

The tour is scheduled to leave New York on 
Monday, May 16, and return on Wednesday, June 
1. Visits will be made to London, England; Amster- 
dam, Holland; Cologne, Heidelberg, and other 
points of interest in Germany; Lucerne, Lausanne, 
Switzerland; Innsbruck, Austria; Venice and 
Milano, Italy; and Paris, France. Many historic 
places will be visited on the tour. 

Passage is limited, and the tour is beginning to 
fill up. If you are interested in this tour please 
call or write Rev. Gentle, 213 W. Clinton St., 
Goshen, Indiana 46526, for details. His telephone 
number is (219) 533-7660. 

One feature of the tour is that there will be 
quite a bit of leisure time for shopping and pos- 
sible visits to points of interest not included in 
the itinerary. 

months); World Relief (four months); Ashland 
Theological Seminary (one month); Ashland 
College (one month); Brethren Publications (one 
month) ; and Ministerial Student Aid (one month). 
In all, a total of 10 pages will be allotted each 
month so these concerns can be more adequately 

In addition, special announcements and late- 
breaking news from all boards, ministries, 
auxiliaries, and local churches will appear monthly 
in the "Update" news section. 

We believe the overall result will be a more 
faithful reporting of God's work through the 
Brethren Church. We also believe you will be 
better informed because of it. 

More space is also available now for feature 
articles of a general nature. Each month we'll 
carry material which we believe will help you 
become a more effective disciple of Jesus Christ. 

As always, we do not make changes simply for 
the sake of change. We want to give you a product 
that will be both interesting and helpful in your 
day-to-day life. 

We invite your comments and suggestions. 

"Mid-Winter Institute" planned 
by Northeast Ohio churches 

Louisville, Ohio — Four Northeast Ohio churches 
are conducting a "Mid-Winter Institute" during 
the months of January and February. 

Purpose of the institute is to provide training 
for Christian leadership. 

Leading the institute are the pastors of the 
Massillon, Canton, Louisville, and North George- 
town Brethren churches. 

Courses offered are: "How to Teach," led by 
Rev. John Byler; "A Survey of the Old Testa- 
ment," by Rev. Ronald L. Waters; "Sunday School 
Evangelism," conducted by Rev. Walter Heil; and 
"Studies in the Gospel of John," under the direc- 
tion of Rev. Charles Lowmaster. 

The first of six sessions will be held at the 
Louisville Brethren Church on January 17 from 
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Succeeding sessions will be held 
at the other three participating churches. 

A registration fee of $1.00 will be charged, in 
addition to the cost of textbooks. Participants from 
junior high age up are welcome. 

Registrations should be sent to: Rev. Charles 
Lowmaster, Director M.W.I., 1101 East Main 
Street, Louisville, Ohio 44641. 

Januaky 1977 



Meadow Crest Hosts Indiana Laymen. Wives 

by Paul Tinkel 

Ft. Wayne, Ind. — The Meadow Crest Brethren 
Church hosted 128 Indiana laymen and wives for 
a time of fellowship, a meal, and inspiration. 

The occasion was the Third Annual Fall Lay- 
men and Wives Rally for the Indiana District. 

Rod and Barb Thomas, pastor and wife of the 
Huntington Brethren Church, presented an enrich- 
ing time of special music. Not only did they sing, 
but the entire audience joined in for a great time. 

Speakers for the evening were Rev. and Mrs. 
Charles Dickinson of Fort Wayne. Rev. Dickinson 
is the Director of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. 
Mrs. Dickinson is Director of Affairs. They shared 
their testimonies of how they came to know Christ 
at about the same time on the same night. At the 
time, Rev. Dickinson was in prison for murder 
and was led to the Lord by a Gideon. Mrs. Dick- 
inson came to Christ through the witness of a 
Christian uncle. 

The meal was prepared and served by the ladies 
of the Meadow Crest Church. 

We praise the Lord that once again our new 
church was able to serve many of the people who 
helped make it possible. Our prayer is that many 
who attended have returned home to better serve 
the Lord and win souls to Him. 





Photo by Marvin Ritchhart 
Rod and Barb Thomas of Huntington presented 
special music for the Indiana laymen and wives at 
Meadow Crest Brethren Church. 

'Pop cans" aid expansion fund Deacons, pastor host dinner 

Cheyenne, Wyoming — The Cheyenne Brethren 
Church held an "Expansion Fund Ingathering" on 
November 21. A total of $125 was received. 

Theme of the project was "We Can Do It." 
Disposable soft drink cans were distributed to 
members and friends of the congregation in 
September. Individuals filled the cans as they 
would a "Love Loaf." 

According to Pastor Larry Baker, "Pop cans 
seem to work real well. They are a daily reminder 
that everyone in the family can relate to." 

Calendar of Events 

February 5-25 — Work and Worship Tour II to 

Colombia, Argentina, and Panama. 

February 7-10 — Ashland Theological Seminary 

Pastor's Conference, sponsored by the ATS Alumni 

Association. Dr. David Burnham, speaker. 

February 14-20 — Senior Citizen Week. 

February 22-24 — NAE Convention, Arlington Hts., 


March 4 — World Day of Prayer (sponsored by 

March 3-6 — Northern California District Confer- 
ence, Stockton Brethren Church. 

March 12 — Ohio Conference Business Meeting, 
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. 

BurUng-ton, Ind. — The deacons, deaconesses, and 
the pastoral family of the Burlington Brethren 
Church hosted a "Koinonia Dinner" for the con- 
gregation on November 21. 

The dinner was given by the spiritual leaders 
in response to the love shown them by the 

Nearly 150 attended the meal. They were served 
"100 pounds of turkey, along with mountains of 
dressing, gravy, string beans, salads, juice, and 
pie," according to Pastor Albert Curtright. 

"This loving fellowship dinner lasted two hours, 
and it was a true blessing of Christian love and 
fellowship. We would recommend it to any con- 
gregation as a loving, sharing experience," he 

Pastor Curtright also expressed his appreciation 
for the church's concern for him when his brothei" 
in Wyoming passed away recently. "The church 
bought our tickets that we might fly out to the 
funeral and back. How wonderful to see in opera- 
tion the Scripture, 'See how the brethren love one 
another.' " 

The church has shown steady growth, adding 
122 members in the past six years. 

» m»m I 

"Whenever I feel like exercise I lie down until 
the feeling passes." 

— Robert M. Hutchins 


The Brethren Evangelist 


students Speak Out on Campus Ministry 

by Don Snell 
Director of Campus Ministry 

Recently I had opportunity to discuss the 
Ashland College Campus Ministry with several 
students. I asked them to write down some of 
their observations. Their response encouraged me 
as I saw how the Lord was bringing them spiritual 

Lynn Mercer, a junior from the North George- 
town, Ohio, Brethren Church, wrote, " 'Birds of a 
feather flock together,' and there are all kinds 
of 'birds' at Ashland College. I'm happy to say 
that one 'species' is the Christian." 

Since one of our objectives this year was to 
give the students an opportunity to learn to wor- 
ship the Lord, I was pleased when Lynn said, "For 
me, the Sunday evening worship is a definite sign 
of life among this 'species' and is most needed. It's 
very encouraging to see so many people gathered 
together from different denominations, worshiping 

Lisa Austin, a Presbyterian from Pittsburgh, 
added her comments about the worship time: "It's 
only been two months since I accepted the Lord 
and asked Him to lead my life. I'm just like a 
baby, and if there weren't some kind of fellowship, 
it would be like a baby without parents to com- 
fort him. 

"Let's face it — college life is full of temptations. 
Just like a baby, I've needed reassurance; that's 
why it's so important to have brothers and sisters 
around, people who really care. This is why the 
Sunday night worship is super to me." 

Another aspect of the AC ministry that my 
staff has tried to emphasize is spending personal 
time with students. We purposely limit office 
hours so we can be with the students on campus, 
in the student union, and in their dormitories. 
We've found this helpful in meeting personal and 
immediate needs. 

Don Peters, a Baptist from Hartford, Conn., said, 
"I'm thankful for the time you and Mike Gleason 
have spent with me at meetings and during the 
day. From you I get logical, well-thought-out. 

NAE Convention to include 
featured speakers 

Wheaton, 111. (NAE)— The 1977 NAE Convention 
will again feature significant evening speakers, 
according to Coordinator David Breese. 

Evening speakers will include Don Moomaw, 
Luis Palau, and Charles Colson. 

Dennis Kinlaw will be the Convention Bible 

The Convention will be held February 22-24 at 
the Arlington Park Hilton Hotel in suburban 
Arlington Heights, Illinois. 

openminded insight into knowing God. Just talking 
with you has made my year." 

During these personal times with students we 
begin to see their needs and how God can minister 
to them through us. 

In this respect, the dorm Bible studies have 
also been valuable. Here we have had opportunity 
to present God's Word and to see immediate feed- 
back and commitment to it. 

How are things at Ashland College? Good! God 
is in control, putting lives back together and lead- 
ing others to discover life in Jesus Christ. Continue 
to pray with us, that the body of believers at AC 
will grow into a mature likeness of our Lord Jesus. 

Martha Deardurff from the Gretna Brethren 
Church may have summed it up best with this 
statement: "We are Christians at Ashland College, 
learning God's plans for our lives as we laugh, 
cry, pray, and grow together." 


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January 1977 



O. B, Harding: 
"Tune in next week 

"Ham" O. B. Harding got together in person with 
missionary Bill Winter during his last furlough. 

If you think it takes a long time to get 
a letter to someone across the country, you 
should try relaying important information 
from overseas. 

Fortunately, Brethren missionaries Bill 
and Sharon Winter do not have to be delayed 
by the postal system in Argentina, the United 
States, or anywhere in between. 

Ashland-based amateur radio operator 
O. B. Harding provides a link each week 
between the Winter family and the Mission- 
ary Board of the Brethren Church. "O. B.," 
a member of the Ashland Area Amateur 
Radio Club, has confirmed radio contacts 
with all 50 states and with many foreign 


Once while he was attempting to contact 
Bill, an amateur in South Australia answered 
him. Another time he ended up talking to 
a "ham" in Antarctica. 

"O. B." points out that the "ham" radio 
link is just one example of the many ways 
amateur radio is of service to others. 

In addition to his hours on the airwaves 
and his work at Ohio Edison, "O. B." is 
actively involved in the Park Street Brethren 
Church of Ashland, where he is a deacon. He 
also assists the missionary program in 

He and his wife Lucille have three children. 

Miss Fish, Kridler recognized 
at Pleasant View 

Vandergrift, Pa, — Thelma Fish and Clarence 
Kridler were recognized for distinguished service 
to the Pleasant View Brethren Church. The 
recognition was part of a 75th Anniversary Cele- 
bration held on November 21. 

Miss Fish has served for a number of years as 
secretary for the church, while Mr. Kridler has 
been a trustee. Each was presented Vv'ith a gift, 
and Mr. Kridler was named an honorary life 

The celebration also included a baptism, dedi- 
cation of babies, and the dedication of the new 
pastor's study and chairs. 

Anspach published 

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. — A collection of speeches 
given by former Ashland College President 
Charles L. Anspach have been published. 

The book, "A Voice Speaks — Addresses and 
Prologues," contains speeches Anspach delivered 
over the years at college commencements and to 
various other groups. 

As president of Central Michigan University 
from 1939 to 1959, he delivered as many as 20 to 
30 commencement addresses each spring. 

The book, printed in a limited edition of 1,000 
copies, may be purchased at $10.40 from the 
Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan Uni- 
versity, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858. 

New magazine for singles 
begun by Garden Grove 

Garden Grove, Calif. (EP News) — Solo, a bi- 
monthly, 36-page magazine for singles, has been 
launched by Garden Grove Community Church. 
The magazine is the newest effort by the 
sponsoring church which, says Managing Editor 
Bobbie Reed, seeks under the direction of Pastor 
Robert SchuUer to fill the special needs of people 
in America. 

College enrollment declines 

Wasiiington, D.C. (EP News)— A survey of 688 
"representative" colleges and universities around 
the country shows enrollment may have declined 
about 1 percent this fall. If the decline holds true 
through the final compilation of data, it will mark 
the first loss in 17 years. 

While college enrollments overall were declining, 
however, private schools (primarily church- 
related) reported a 7 percent increase, and theo- 
logical schools were up 4.7 percent. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


ATS Pastor's Conference 
schedule announced 

Ashland, Ohio— The Ashland Theological Seminary 
Alumni Association has released the schedule for 
its Annual Pastor's Conference. The conference 
will be held in conjunction with the Workman 
Lecture Series at the Seminary, February 7 to 10. 

Dr. David Burnham, pastor of the Chapel in 
University Park in Akron, Ohio, is the featured 

In addition to speaking at the 10:30 a.m. chapel 
services, Dr. Burnham will address the alumni at 
7:30 Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. He will 
share informally with them Tuesday and Wednes- 
day afternoons. 

Topics he will discuss are: the pastor and his 
study; pastoral ministry in daily role — hospital 
visits, funerals, calling, and sharing Christ; family 
relationships; and the changing role of the pastor. 

Holy Communion will be celebrated Wednesday 
night after the lecture. Recreation is also being 

The conference will open with a banquet on 
Monday evening at the Ashland College Accent 
Room. It will close with lunch on Thursday. 

Cost of the conference is $37.00, which includes 
lodging, meals, and a registration fee. Those 
making arrangements for their own lodging and 
meals will pay $4.00. 

Missouri Lutherans to lose 
only 100 churches 

St. Louis, Mo. (EP News) — The newly developed 
Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, 
"moderates" who have left the Lutheran Church- 
Missouri Synod, will get no more than 100 dissi- 
dent congregations, according to the president of 
the Missouri church. 

The guess is only "a barnyard figure," President 
J. A. O. Preus told UPI Religion Writer David E. 
Anderson. Preus thinks the worst of the theo- 
logical and political fight in the 2.8 million member 
denomination is essentially over. 

World Vision releases 
new TV program 

Los Angeles, Calif. (World Vision) — The produc- 
tion of a new weekly television series to "help 
bring a renewal of missionary vision and zeal to 
America" has been announced by World Vision 

Scheduled for release in mid-January, the pro- 
gram is called "Come Walk the World." It will 
be hosted by Dr. Stan Mooneyham, president. 
Dave Boyer, former nightclub singer who was 
converted in 1965, will -also be a "regular" on the 

The 30-minute program will tell the story of 
how the Spirit of God is using His people to bring 
about a spiritual awakening in every corner of 
the world. 

The primary portions of "Come Walk the World" 

are being filmed on location. Approximately half 
of each show will highlight the work of mission- 
aries and national church leaders not associated 
with World Vision. 

The Christian humanitarian agency is presently 
negotiating with television stations for available 
Sunday time slots. The agency hopes to schedule 
the series in approximately 10 cities next year. 

Attention, Laymen! 

The beginning of 1977 marks some changes in 
communication procedures for Brethren Laymen. 

J. Perry Deeter has asked to be freed from his 
responsibility of writing the Laymen's Inspira- 
tional material. National Laymen President Jim 
Payne will be contacting others to write specific 
program material. This will be distributed (along 
with news from Jim) directly to the local Lay- 
men's organizations, as indicated on page 31 of 
the December Brethren Evangelist. 

A mailing list has been set up for the national 
organization by the Brethren Publishing Company. 
The list consists of Laymen contacts as given on 
pages 82 and 83 of the 1976 General Conference 
Annual (except where we have been informed of 
a change). All active pastors have also been added, 
as well as the Laymen contacts used by the 
Missionary Board for Growth Partner mailings. 

President Payne will use this new list for a 
mailing in January. Included will be devotional 
material, news, and announcements. 

Since it is very difficult to be accurate on such 
a list, we request your assistance. If you begin 
receiving the material and the contact should be 
someone else in your church, send me your name 
and the complete name and address of the person 
who should be receiving it. 

If you have a Laymen's organization, the con- 
tact probably should be one of the officers. If you 
do not have an organization, a contact should still 
be selected to receive the mailing to share with 
the other men in the church. 

If you are the person who is to receive Growth 
Partner notices but someone else is to receive the 
Laymen mailing, please let us know that also. 

Finally, if your address is incori-ect, please give 
us the old and new address so we can correct our 
plates. We want to make the list as accurate as 
possible, but we need your help. 

Thanks for your help. If you have any ques- 
tions, comments, or corrections, please write me, 
John Rowsey, at the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. 

ed. note — The Brethren Evangelist will continue 
to carry Laymen's news on its Update pages. We 
will also carry an occasional column containing 
information for men from men. The writers will 
vary and will be selected by our editorial staff. 

We expect this combined direct mail and 
Brethren Evangelist coverage will provide better 

Let us know what your organization is doing. 
And watch for the mailings from Jim Payne. 

January 1977 


Rev. Fred C. Vanator 

Rev. Fred C. Vanator 

Rev. Fred C. Vanator, 91, founder and 
pastor emeritus of the Sarasota First Breth- 
ren Church, was promoted from this life to 
be with his Lord on November 1, 1976. He 
was born February 17, 1885, in Warsaw, 
Indiana. Services were held in the sanctuary 
of the Sarasota church with Dr. J. D. Hamel, 
pastor, officiating. He was assisted by Rev. 
Russell Gordon, pastor of the Bradenton 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. Vanator, his wife Helen, daughter 
Esther, and son-in-law Carl Mohler, founded 
the Sarasota Brethren Church on November 
7, 1954. The initial gathering of 10 people 
met in their home on Lime Avenue. The 
present membership of the church is 683. 

Rev. Vanator has stood like a mighty oak 
in his ministry for Christ; and in the shade 
of his patience and faith many of us have 
rested and been refreshed. In his "Fellow- 
ship" Sunday School class which he organ- 
ized and taught for so many years, he used 
keen and perceptive intellect in his lifelong 
search for God's truth in Scripture. He had 
a marvelous skill in communicating that 
truth to others, in the pulpit, the classroom, 
and in conversation. 

When I reflect upon his ministry in the 
church and on the denominational boards, I 
remember that he has served so faithfully 
for more than half a century. I also think of 
the multitude of men and women, boys and 
girls, who have come under the influence 

a tribute by J. D. Hamel 

of his contagious faith and keen mind. His 
life has incarnated and exemplified fully and 
consistently the essential qualities of a born- 
again Christian. 

Rev. Vanator was called to the ministry by 
the Warsaw, Indiana, Brethren Church in 
1919. He graduated from Ashland College 
and Seminary in 1920 with the degrees of 
A.B. and Classical Divinity. He served Breth- 
ren churches in Homersville and Williams- 
town, Ohio, as a student pastor; and Breth- 
ren churches in Canton, Ohio; Peru, Indiana; 
Fremont, Ohio; and Sarasota, Florida, First 
Brethren. He had been a member of the 
National Brethren Ministerial Association 
since 1920. 

He served on the National Christian En- 
deavor Board of the Brethren Church for 
10 years. For 20 of his 24 years on the Bene- 
volent Board he was president; later he 
served as president emeritus and life 

He served on the Publication Board for 
the denomination for 5 years and was Editor 
of Publications for 12 years. He also served 
two terms as moderator of the Ohio District 

In December 1970 the former sanctuary, 
which he dedicated with pastor Rev. Lyle 
Lichtenberger on January 12, 1958, was 
rededicated and renamed the "Vanator Fel- 
lowship." At a congregational business 
meeting January 4, 1972, he was unanimously 
elected to be our first pastor emeritus. 

Rev. Vanator was married to the former 
Helen Robbins from Warsaw, Indiana. One 
of the consequences of such a Godly life 
in Jesus was the enduring memory of a 
beautiful 67 years of marriage. As the pastor 
of Rev. and Mrs. Fred Vanator, I will miss 
their friendship on earth, but I rejoice in 
their entry into the glory of heaven. 

Rev. Vanator came to the scene of action 
in the Brethren Church at a time when such 
men were badly needed. He was well qual- 
ified by nature and grace to help do the 
work which needed so much to be done in 
building the kingdom of God in the hearts 
of men. 

He had one dominant passion: to glorify 
Jesus Christ by glorifying His Word. For 
this he was willing to fight to the end and 
to sacrifice everything. Our brother was not 
only able to say with Paul, "I have fought 
a good fight, I have finished my course," but 
he was honestly able to add, "I have kept 
the faith." 


The Brethren Evangelist 


New pastor, retirmg pastor 
honored at County Line 

Lakeville, Ind.— The County Line Brethren Church 
welcomed their new pastor and honored their 
retiring pastor at separate programs last fall. 

Gerald Barr was installed as the new pastor 
on October 24. Everett and Helen Gillis and Rev. 
Wilbur Thomas participated in the installation. 
Dan Donaldson offered special music. 

Rev. Barr came to County Line after four years 
at the First Brethren Church of Mexico, Indiana. 
He and his wife Linda have two children, Gerald, 
Jr., and Wendy. 

A "Retirement-Potluck Supper" was given 
November 13 in honor of Rev. Wilbur Thomas. 
He had served the church as pastor for six years 
before his retirement in October. 

The supper was followed by a series of humor- 
ous skits, songs, and gifts. The evening closed 
with everyone taking a trip down "Memory Lane," 
recalling the many happy memories of Rev. 
Thomas's ministry. 

Kindleys installed 

Johnstown, Pa. — Rev. and Mrs. Clarence Kindley 
were installed October 17 as the new pastoral 
family of Third Brethren Church. 

Rev. Joseph Hanna, member of the Pennsylvania 
Ministerial Examining Board and pastor of the 
Meyersdale Brethren Church, conducted the in- 
stallation service. 


Lisa Doyle to William Bell, Dec. 11, at Vander- 
grift. Pa. Members of Pleasant View Brethren 
Church. William Walk, pastor, officiating. 

Linda Silver to Scott Yoder, Nov. 27, at Elkhart, 
Ind. Members of First Brethren Church. Dale 
RuLon, pastor, officiating. 

In Memory 

Millard Leighton, 95, Nov. 28. Member of Elkhart, 
Ind., Brethren Church. Services by Dale RuLon, 

Florence E. Miller, 86, Nov. 21. Member of Ash- 
land, Ohio, Park Street Brethren Church. Services 
by Eugene Beekley, pastor. 

Mrs. Inez Roose, 81, Nov. 11. Member of Elkhart, 
Ind., Brethren Church. Services by Dale RuLon, 

Charley C. Curtrig:ht, 55, Nov. 9. Cheyenne, Wyom- 
ing. Services by Larry Baker, pastor. 
Duane Weitz, 16, Nov. 1. Member of Vandergrift, 
Pa., Pleasant View Brethren Church. Services by 
William Walk, pastor. 

Ruth Gilbert, 81, Oct. 30. Member of West Alex- 
andria, Ohio, First Brethren Church. Services by 
Herbert Gilmer, pastor. 

Pastoral News 

St, Clair Benshoff, from Muncie to College Corner 
(Wabash, Ind.), mid-February. 

Randy Best, from student pastorate at North 
Fairfield, Ohio, to Newark, Ohio, Brethren Church, 
in November. 

Jeff Oesch, Christian and Missionary Alliance 
ministerial graduate from Georgia to Kokomo, 
Ind., Brethren Church, Nov. 28. 
Fred Snyder, interim pastor at Corinth (Twelve 
Mile, Ind.), to become full-time pastor there 
March 1. 

John Turley, interim pastor at College Corner 
from November through mid-February. 


Mr. & Mrs. John Holderman, 61st, Jan. 2. Mem- 
bers of Ardmore Brethren Church, South Bend, 

Mr. & Mrs. Wilbur Sigerfoos, 55th, Dec. 25. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Herrell Waters, 50th, December 24. 
Members of Loree, Ind., Brethren Church. 
Mr. & Mrs. Noble Kenaga, 54th, Dec. 24. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 

Membership Growth 

Loree: 11 by baptism 

Sarasota: 4 by baptism 

Williamstown : 3 by baptism 


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January 1977 




Three Years Old and Growing 

ISN'T it thrilling to watch a child grow? 
At birth a baby is so fragile, and it 
can meet few of its own needs. But then 
it begins to grow. It learns to sit up, to 
crawl, to stand, and finally to walk. 

Watching a church grow can be just as 
thrilling. The members of the Colombian 
church reviewed their own growth recently 
as part of a series of weekday studies on 
"The Church." We in the United States 
can join them in praising God for the 
work He has been able to do in and 
through them. 

New believers baptized 

The work was established in November 
of 1973 with 9 being baptized the first 

year; the second year, 32; and the third 
year, 36 more were baptized. 

Leadership was limited in the very 
beginning to the Solomons, who were 
veteran missionaries of Argentina, South 
America, and went to Colombia to start 
a Brethren mission there. The second 
year they had four lay helpers within the 
church. The third year they lost one by 
death. However, others are being trained 
to work into greater leadership roles. 
Kenneth Solomon continues the six hours 
of Bible study weekly with the "Timothy" 
workers. Also, the Mark Logan family 
arrived on the field in early August 1976 
to assist in administration and program. 

The first center of study and worship 
was at La Castellana, the barrio where 


Photo by Mark Logan 

These believers in Campo V aides meet in the home of Dario Tobon. The group here 

includes Chantal Logan and the children (left) and the Kenneth Solomon family (right). 


The Brethren Evangelist 

The Logans live downstairs in this housing unit in Medellin, Colombia. 

the Solomons live. Presently the centers 
are: La Castellana, Campo Valdes, Aran- 
juez, Belen, and Itagui. Within these 5 
suburbs there are 11 meetingplaces. These 
churches are homes of members opened 
to large group meetings. In these 11 cen- 
ters, 23 weekly meetings are held for the 
evangelization of the suburbs and the 
education of the believers. Three couples, 
plus a single woman, assist the missionary 
couples in directing the 23 meetings per 
week. Two of the male workers are in a 
continuing study program. It is very diffi- 
cult for them to find sufficient time for 
these leadership roles, but they are work- 
ing faithfully. 

Logans on the field 

Mark and Chantal Logan, have been 
settled in a home since early in August. 
Fortunately they were permitted into the 
country prior to a temporary order barring 
new missionaries. (Quotas and procedures 
are being established, and all missionaries 
will be cleared through the Colombian 
Confederation of Evangelicals.) We praise 
the Lord for their timely arrival. 

Their work has been hampered, how- 
over, because their barrels of technical 
equipment and personal belongings arrived 
late and damaged (see related story). In 
the meantime, Mark has been supervising 
a group of teenagers in after-school ac- 
tivities. Chantal has two Bible studies, one 

for women of the church and one with 
some of the neighbor ladies. 

In the days, weeks, and months ahead, 
we can expect to see new growth as the 
young Colombian church matures. Please 
continue to pray for God's direction for 
our missionaries and the national workers. 

Ed. note — In addition to funds received at 
General Conference for the Logan family, the 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church has pledged its 
faith promise for underwriting the Logans. 

Equipment damaged 

Mark Logan's shipment of personal 
effects and audio-visual equipment arrived 
in Colombia in damaged condition. 

When the barrels of equipment (which 
was to be used for evangelistic campaigns) 
did not arrive on schedule, Mark checked 
with a shipping agent. He found that the 
barrels had arrived in September and had 
been delivered to storage. All but three 
had suffered fire and water damage. 

At the present time we do not know the 
extent of the loss or how this will affect 
outfitting the anticipated mobile van. 

Please make this a specific item of 

January 1977 




Is Born 

by Arden Gilmer 

Planting churches in Florida in 1977. 

THE Missionary Board put feet and 
legs to the vision of growth for the 
Brethren Church by unanimously adopt- 
ing OPERATION IMPACT at its Novem- 
ber meeting. 

OPERATION IMPACT is an exciting 
forward thrust in church planting. Its 
primary objective is to start two new 
churches in 1977 in the rapidly growing 
state of Florida. 

It is also part of a larger goal to plant 
ten new churches in the next five years. 

Florida Is growing 

The population of Florida has grown by 
400 percent in the last 30 years. In the last 
five years the Tampa-St. Petersburg area 
has had a 25 percent population increase. 
The projections are for similar growth 
through 1980. Four Florida cities lead the 
list of cities with the largest anticipated 
percentage of increase between now and 
1980. This population flow to "the Sun- 
belt" makes new growth possible for de- 
nominations which have not been prom- 
inent in the South. Brethren churches at 
Sarasota and Bradenton have demon- 
strated that we can reach people for Christ 
and grow in Florida. So, we move forward 
with eager anticipation. 

A Spirit-led, research-based strategy 
will determine the selection of the areas 
where the two new churches will be 
established. General survey work was 
completed in December. Data gathered 
then will be further refined by a feasibility 
study in January. Hopefully, the new areas 
will be selected by February 1977. 

The current timetable calls for the 
pastors to locate on the field by June 1977, 

followed by a month of intensive training 
in preparation for their new work. They 
will be commissioned at a historic service 
at the 1977 General Conference. First ser- 
vices for the new churches are planned 
for August 28, 1977. 

The total anticipated cost of OPERA- 
TION IMPACT is $35,000 for 1977 alone. 
We are trusting God that the special 
OPERATION IMPACT offering at the 
1977 General Conference will be the largest 
mission offering ever in the Brethren 

Prayer is vital to the success of 
OPERATION IMPACT. We are inviting 
Brethren from across the denomination to 
become "OPERATION IMPACT Prayer 
Partners." Send your name and complete 
address to "OPERATION IMPACT Prayer 
Partners," in care of the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church, 530 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. All who 
write will receive periodic updates as the 
program develops. 


egin praying now 

In the meantime, begin to pray now. 
Ask God to guide those doing the survey 
work and the feasibility study. Pray for 
the selection of the men God wants to 
pastor these churches. And I ask that you 
especially pray for me as I supervise this 
forward-looking, vision-inspiring strategy 
of church extension. 

work. It's sole purpose is to "make dis- 
ciples." Thanks for your vigorous support 
of the exciting things the Lord is doing 
in and through the Brethren Church! 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Dick, Kitty, and daughter Melissa have com- 
pleted their ministry in Nigeria and are seeking 
God's leading for the future. 

Win fields retire 
from service 

*~PHE Richard Winfields terminated their 
1 missionary service in Nigeria in mid- 
December 1976. Their decision was in 
response to the Lord's leading to open 
the way for greater participation by 
Nigerians at the Kulp Bible School. 

They first went to Nigeria in 1967 as 
short-term missionaries. Following an 
orientation period at Mbororo with the 
Larry Bolingers they were assigned to 
the teaching staff of the Kulp Bible 
School. They returned for further service 
in 1971 and 1975. 

Dick and Kitty have worked faithfully 
in teaching Nigerians, and they have 
assisted in writing educational materials 
for them. Their contribution to the rapidly 
growing church of Nigeria through leader- 
ship development has been invaluable. 

Plans after their return included visits 
to Kitty's home in Berlin, Pennsylvania, 
and to Dick's folks in New Lebanon, Ohio. 
They intend to spend several months in 
Ashland as they seek the Lord's guidance 
into future employment. 

The Missionary Board joins all mem- 
bers and friends of the Brethren Church 
in extending its thanks to the Winfields 
for their valuable years of service to 
Christ and His church in Nigeria. 

So being affectionately desirous of you, we 
were ready to share with you not only the gospel 
of God hut also our own selves, because you had 
become very dear to us" (I Thessalonians 2:8). 

Missionary Board 

The Missionary Board adopted the largest 
budget in its history at its November 
meeting. The budget goal is $400,000, with 
$263,373 for World Missions and $136,627 
for Home Missions. Special emphasis in 
1977 will be on increasing our home base 
for greater world outreach in the years 
to come. 

* * * 

The Board encouraged the three Florida 
churches to organize into a district and 
possibly present their petition to General 
Conference in 1977. 

* !): * 

Arden Gilmer was given the new title 
of Director of Home Missions. He served 
the Missionary Board during the past year 
under the title of Director of Evangelism/ 
Church Growth. The title change was made 
to more adequately convey his responsibility 
to the Board in the forward thrust of Home 
Missions and Church Extension. 

* !(= * 

General Secretary Virgil Ingraham's re- 
port of his recent trip to India and Malaysia 
was accepted. Recommendations were made 
for advancement of the national church 
organization of India. Also, authorization 
was given to survey areas in Malaysia for 
possible missionary endeavor. 

Charles Lowmaster, chairman of the 
Special Ministries Commission, reported on 
the Riverside Christian Training School's 
Board of Director's meeting. He noted that 
reorganization was accomplished and a new 
constitution adopted. A new furnace has 
been installed at a minimum expense of 
$10,000. The Southeast District has assisted 
the Board in the amount of $7,000. 

The educatiofial ministry at St. Petersburg 
and Home Mission churches have continued 
on a declining scale of support from the 
Missionary Board. Board support in these 
areas will be $10,700 less than that of 1976. 
This releases funds for the establishment 
of more new churches. 

* * * 

The Board unanimously approved 
OPERATION IMPACT, which will estab- 
lish two new churches in Florida in 1977. 
(see related article on opposite page). 

January 1977 



Great Church Fights? 

Great Church Fights by Leslie B. Flynn (Victor 
Books, 1976, 118 pp., $1.95 paperback). 

The title intrigued me. Could church fights 
really provide a suitable purpose in God's plan 
for His people? 

Leslie Flynn believes so. In his forword he 
says, "The real question is: Will disagreements 
divide and wound the Christian Body, or will they 
draw members together in deepened understanding 
and commitment?" (page 7). 

The book is a unique New Testament Bible 
study. It focuses on 10 significant episodes of 
strife found in the Acts and the epistles. Flynn's 
stated purpose for studying these rifts is "in the 
hope that biblical insights and principles will help 
20th century churches turn their internal skir- 
mishes into training grounds for victory" (page 7). 

He does not try to catalog or analyze all causes 
of strife. Instead, he examines these frequently 
found conflicts: friction in general, cultural differ- 
ences, leader conflicts, defining "true" spirituality, 
factions, individual believers at odds, leadership 
errors, and the discipling of a church member. 

Perhaps one of the most beneficial passages 
for me was one concerning the way to approach 
an erring brother. Flynn uses the concept of feet- 
washing (in a figurative, not a physical sense) 
as an outline of procedure. He especially empha- 
sizes the need to "dry" the feet — to restore the 
brother — in order that he might not err in the 
same way again. 

A leader's guide or group study is available 
for $1.25. I am not convinced that it is deserving of 
extensive group study, however, except possibly 
in situations where conflict already exists. 

I do recommend it to pastors, moderators, Sun- 
day School superintendents, auxiliary presidents, 
and other church leaders. Familiarity with its 
contents and concepts, as they are drawn from 
Scripture, could prove helpful in time of unrest. 

The book is easy reading. If you are an average 
reader, you will probably complete it in three 
hours or less. 

This book could be disastrous in the hands of 
an immature person. It is conceivable that such a 
person could read it, seeing it from his own point 
of view, and use it to find proof-texts against his 
opponents. However, a growing Christian would 
find a balanced approach advocated throughout. 

Flynn does not suggest that you start a conflict 
in order to reap the benefits of resolving them. 
But he does call us to make the best of disagree- 
ments so that all parties may grow toward a 
mature Christian life. 

— Ron Waters, Ashland, Ohio 

The Chrisfian Leader 

The Making of a Christian Leader by Ted W. 

Engstrom (Zondervan, 1976, 214 pp., $6.95 cloth 

"Not another book on management!" No, this 
one is on leadership, and I sometimes think we 
don't distinguish between the two. The author 
states, "This book has been written to help the 
Christian leader get a clearer picture of what he 
wants to do and be in a church or organization — 
and how to get there." I would add that the book 
pertains to more than Christian organizations or 
churches. It would be helpful to Christian leaders 
in business and industry as well. 

W. Stanley Mooneyham, in his forward to the 
book, says "Sadly . . . tragically . . . the church 
has been so slov/ to train and qualify those on 
whom it has thrust leadership. . . . Your instructive 
and motivating book may well rescue the flounder- 
ing and provide thrust for those who've been just 
treading water." 

The first chapters cover the theology of leader- 
ship from the Old Testament, the Gospels and the 
Epistles. These are followed by units on bound- 
aries, syles, personality, and price of leadership. 
The last half of the book deals with measurements, 
motivation, and developing skills, with the last 
two chapters being "Guidelines for Excellent Lead- 
ership" and "Marks of a Christian Leader." A 
bibliography and subject index terminate the 

I found the book filled with good ideas, including 
some new ideas. (One of these was the concept of 
setting "posteriorities" — deciding what tasks not 
to tackle, and sticking to the decision.) 

I would recemmend the book to pastors, lay 
leaders in the church, and Christian business 
men — any Christian person working with other 

— John Rowsey, Ashland, Ohio 


The Bretheen Evangelist 

ABS Releases "Good News Bible" 

New York, N.Y. (ABS)— The American Bible 
Society's long awaited "Good News Bible" was 
released December 1. The new Bible, "as readable 
as the daily newspaper," is expected to break 
previous records in the publishing industry. The 
first press order totaled 1.2 million copies. 

One reason for the optimism is the unprece- 
dented success of "Good News for Modern Man," 
the New Testament portion published 10 years 

The "Good News Bible" claims distinction as a 
common-language, dynamic-equivalent translation. 
It avoids both slang and "church" language, aim- 
ing instead at a level of written English readily 
understood in common by the 600 million English- 
speaking people in the world. 

The text is supplemented by nearly 500 line 
drawings by Mile. Annie Vallotton, the Swiss artist 
who illustrated "Good News for Modern Man." 
Her featureless pictures of Jesus have been hailed 
as the "Jesus of a thousand faces." because they 
leap across cultural barriers. 

The "Good News Bible" is published in three 
editions: a gold hardcover edition, a black hard- 
cover edition, and a flexible-plastic cover edition. 
The hardcover editions sell for $2.50 per copy, 
while the soitcover editions are $1.90. Prices in- 
clude postage and handling when ordered from: 
The American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New 
York, New York 10023. Full payment should 
accompany orders. 


Afterglow by Sherwood E. Wirt (Zondervan, 1975, 
132 pp., $2.95 in paperback). 

Dr. Sherwood E. Wirt, recently retired editor of 
"Decision" magazine, has worked with the Billy 
Graham evangelistic team on six continents, 
recording the moving of the Holy Spirit in the 
evangelistic campaigns. This book is not a record 
of these campaigns. Rather it is an account of 
God's work in Dr. Wirt's own life. 

Beginning with his personal encounter with the 
Canadian revival that began in Saskatchewan in 
1971, the author tells of the new relationships 
within his family and outside of it since he 
experienced anew the joy of living in the Holy 

Dr. Kenneth Chafin, pastor of the South Main 
Baptist Church in Houston, states in the foreword, 
"Afterglow" is one of the most helpful books I've 
read in years. ... It is a book with integrity and 
authenticity mainly because it is written out of 
a personal experience that is dealt with honestly." 

I found the book easy reading, with the author's 
experiences speaking to me about many of my 
own thoughts and feelings. His emphasis on love 
is needed in our relationships today. You'll find 
the book both challenging and encouraging. 

— John Rowsey, Ashland, Ohio 

New Titles 

From Fleming H. Revell Company: 

How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. 
Schaeffer (1976, 288 pp., $12.95; introductory price 
through Jan. 31, 1977— $10.95). The noted evan- 
gelical thinker now presents his most important 
work — a unique overview of the history, thought, 
and culture of Western society. Also subject of 
an extensive film/television documentary series. 

From Tyndale House: 

Alone: A Widow's Search for Joy by Katie Wiebe 
(1976, 302 pp., $4.95 paperback). Mrs. Wiebe tells 
first-hand the realities of widowhood. Her prac- 
tical suggestions for facing the problems common 
to most single women make this an inspiring book 
to all those left alone. 

From Victor Books: 

The Way Juniors Are by Joyce Gibson and 
Eleanor Hance (1976, 48 pp., $.95). Another in 
the series of Christian education departmental 
how-to-teach titles. The authors believe in moti- 
vating juniors to search the Word of God for 
answers to their questions. They emphasize the 
importance of learning how to teach for response 
by observing the methods and approaches Jesus 

» *>W I 

Ban Graham Sunday Meetings? 

Sydney, Australia (EP News) — Joke or not, a resolution placed before the Anglican 
Synod of Sydney asked that organizers planning a 1979 Billy Graham Crusade ban 
crusade meetings on Sunday "as a witness to the sanctity of the Lord's Day." 

The motion went down to overwhelming defeat. 

One delegate described the "don't preach on Sunday" resolution as the "silliest" 
motion ever to come before the Synod. Another disputed that claim. No. 1, he said, 
was the resolution offered in 1975 which asked delegates to endorse the idea that 
"synods are a waste of time." 

January 1977 


church growth forum 

by Arden Gilmer 

How Many Came to Dinner? 

Recently during daily devotions I was reading 
Mark 6:32-44. As I read I became aware of how 
many times specific numbers were used in this 
short passage. (I was reading from the New 
International Version, so my comments are based 
on it.) 
I read about: 

8 months of wages 

5 loaves and 2 fish 

groups of hundreds and fifties 

12 basketfuls 

5,000 men 
I began to wonder: Why all of these specific 
numbers? Instead, why didn't the Bible just talk 
about "several" months of a man's wages, "some" 
loaves and "some" fish, groups of "various" sizes, 
a "lot of" basketfuls, and a "large" crowd of 

If Mark had written in such general terms, he 
would have robbed us of the impact of this miracle. 
Its greatness is emphasized by the use of these 
specific numbers. The miracle would not have 

'Some churches fear what numbers 
will reveal about their condition." 

been nearly as astounding if there had been 500 
loaves and 200 fish. If the food supply had been 
5,000 loaves and 2,000 fish, there would have been 
no miracle at all. (Even I could have handled 
that.) Twelve basketfuls of leftovers indicates a 
greater miracle than if only one basketful had 

And why did Mark record that 5,000 men came 
to dinner that day? Can you imagine all of the 
hermeneutical problems we'd still be hassling 
about if Mark had simply said that a "large" crowd 
came to dinner that day? To the country preacher 
"large" means 150-200 people. To Billy Graham 
"large" means 40,000-50,000. To the manager of 
the Rose Bowl, "large" means 100,000. I'm really 
glad that Mark settled that potential problem 
for us! 

The point of this brief commentary is this: 
Specific statistics and numbers are necessary. 
They play a very vital role in helping us get a 
clear picture of what is actually happening. With- 

out them we cannot do adequate interpretation 
and diagnosis. 

Specific statistics are necessary for a church. 
Without them the leaders of the church are 
thrown into the land of "maybe" and "I'm trying 
to remember. . . ." Without specific statistics and 
well kept records, no fruitful diagnosis can be 
made of the health of the church. Perhaps, that's 
why some churches fear numbers — they fear what 
the numbers will reveal about their condition. Can 
you imagine a doctor taking your temperature 
with a thermometer that had no numbers! It 
wouldn't be a very effective tool to help him know 
whether you were healthy or sick. 

Numbers are simply a shorthand for people. 
We're interested in people, and numbers help us 
determine just how many people we are interested 
in and ministering to. Numbers make possible 
comparisons from year-to-year, and month-to- 
month so we know what kind of progress we are 
making. They indicate movement and reveal 
"something is happening" or "nothing is 

Numbers make it possible for us to talk in 
specifics. Without them we are forced to work 
with meaningless generalities. Generalities may 
not be very threatening. They certainly are not 
fruitful for the overall health and growth of the 

Medford Jones says, "Records must be current, 
accurate, comprehensive, and structured to acti- 
vate needed attention wdth full reporting. . . . There 
is no way the church can grow without being 
concerned for numbers of precious people. The 
shepherd who went after the one sheep had to 
count to miss it." 

Does your church know "how many are coming 
to dinner?" Are the leaders knowledgeable about 
what is taking place? Do you do a quarterly 
diagnosis of the health of your church? How many 
people in your church are sharing the "food" with 
the crowd? What's happening to the leftovers? 
Are they being allowed to rot on the ground or 
are they being incorporated into the life and min- 
istry of the church? 

Keeping specific records in these categories will 
be a tremendous tool for your use in evaluating 
the overall health of your church. 

You can share with other readers of this 
column what's happening in your church by 
writing to Arden E. Gilmer, 530 College 
Avenue, Ashland, OH UU805. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

auxiliary programs for fehruary 

31 SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 

32 Sisterhood Program 

33 Signal Lights Program 


General Secretary' s Notes 

Dear Girls, 

I hope that you've all had a good vacation and 
holiday and are now back in school or at work, 
serving the Lord. For me the holiday season is 
a time for concentrating on God's gift of love, 
relaxing, communicating with loved ones, and 
doing a few things I'm too busy to do during 
school. I enjoy vacations, but I'm always ready 
to get back to school, even the studying! Praise 
the Lord for the close of another year with Him 
and the beginning of one more! 

I have just realized that some of you don't know 
me as well as you should. We communicate but 
just on business. 

I'm in my third year at Ashland College, and I 
really like school. My major is Speech and Hear- 
ing, which means I can be a public school speech 
therapist when I graduate, or I could go to grad- 
uate school in either speech pathology or audio- 
logy (hearing). I would like to be a school thera- 
pist for a while, then get my master's degree later. 

The part I like best about my education is that 
I've already begun working with children in 
therapy at the AC speech clinic and in a school 
for the mentally retarded. It is like having a job 
already, but I don't get paid. Instead, I have a 
teacher supervising me to help me do better each 
time. It's really great to be able to make my own 
plans on what the children need and how to 
help them. 

Before I graduated from high school and during 
my first year of college, I was trying to decide 
what field I wanted to study in college. I wanted 
to do something to help people, and be a Christian 
witness at the same time. I finally found what I 
wanted in speech therapy. I know that when a 
child has a problem with his speech, it can be a 
very real problem in everything he does. I want to 
help that child learn to communicate and be at 
peace with himself. Right now I'm working with 
seven children in speech sessions, and I love every 
one of them. I pray for them and am really con- 
cerned about helping them have a "normal" life. 

I know I can't help everyone in the world who 
needs help, but I can help a few people. I hope 
that my life can be a witness to the children I 
work with and their parents. I pray that God will 
use me to bring Christ into some homes. 

This new year is going to be a busy and ex- 
citing one for me. I am engaged to Jeff Lentz, 
and we plan to be married in November or Decem- 
ber. He is an AC sophomore from Nappanee, 
Indiana. I want this year to go fast, but I don't 
want to just pass over all the days that I should 
be enjoying. I think it will be a great year! 

I'd also like to share some of my favorite Bible 
verses with you. I have mentioned before II Co- 
rinthians 12:9, but it's so special to me. The Lord 
says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my 
power is made perfect in weakness." That is the 
verse I depend on when I'm really bogged down 
or depressed. When I'm so emotionally or phy- 
sically weak that I can't get anything done, God 
gives me His power and together we can do 

Isaiah 40:31 has been a great help to me also. 
It reads, "They who wait for the Lord shall renew 
their strength; they shall mount up with wings 
as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and 
they shall walk, and not faint." Sometimes I try 
to make God's plans or hurry Him, but then I 
remember that I must wait for Him and trust 
His decisions. He will give me strength to wait 
and keep going. 

I John 4:4 encourages me to conquer the Devil, 
when it says, "He who is in you is greater than 
he who is in the world." I have God's power, which 
is greater than Satan's. 

A bond of unity is pictured in I Thessalonians 
5:11. "Therefore, encourage one another and build 
one another up. . . ." This is what we should be 
doing as brothers and sisters in Christ. 

And I Corinthians 12:7, "To each is given the 
manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 
Each person has a gift which is to be used for 
the benefit of the body of Christ, not just for 

These verses are a part of my life which I 
wanted to share with you. I would like to get to 
know you girls as individuals, so write if you 
can. My address again is: 227 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

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People and Places 

Acts 6—12 

''But the word of God grew and multiplied." 

Acts 12:24 

Acts chapter 5 closes telling us that the apostles 
were beaten by order of the religious leaders but 
they did not quit preaching and teaching about 
Jesus. Chapter 6 begins with the increase in num- 
bers of disciples. Some were called Hellenists be- 
cause they had been born outside of Palestine and 
spoke Greek instead of Hebrew as the native 
born Jews did. 

There were widows in that first church group 
just as there are in our churches today. Widows 
are mentioned in the Old Testament and seem to 
be special receivers of God's concern. 

Here in our study we find it was taking the 
apostles' time to distribute the necessities of life 
to the widows, so much so that they did not have 
enough time to preach and teach about Jesus. So 
seven men were selected to care for the widows, 
and perhaps other duties, so that the apostles 
could do their work. The men who were selected 
we call "deacons." They have also been known as 
the first church "committee." (Read Acts 6:7.) 

Stephen was one of the seven men chosen as 
"deacons." (Read 6:8) He was a gifted speaker 
and preached in the Synagogue of the Freedmen. 

A synagogue is a place where Jews worship. 
In Jerusalem, at the time of our story, there were 
many synagogues of different groups of people, 
just as we have different churches today. "The 
Synagogue of Freedmen was where people who 
had been slaves and were now free worshipped. 

Stephen got into trouble for preaching about 

Planning the Meeting 

Bring Bibles to the monthly meetings. 

Read Acts 5:40-42 as an introduction to this 
month's study of Acts chapters 6 through 12. 

Since there are a number of characters in the 
present study, have each paragraph given by a 
different girl, if possible. 

Locate the places mentioned in the Scripture on 
a map of Palestine of New Testament times. 
For the March meeting read Acts 13:1 — 15:35. 

Jesus and was taken to the religious court of the 
Jews. There, as he made his defense, "his face 
was like that of an angel" (6:15). The longer he 
spoke the madder the religious leaders and the 
people got until finally they dragged him outside 
the city walls and stoned him to death. (It was 
against the law to do such a thing inside the city 

He asked God to forgive those who were stoning 
him. What is your reaction when someone speaks 
wrongly about you? Does your face shine as an 
angel at such times? Do you forgive? 

Acts 8:1 says there was great persecution 
against the people of the church in Jerusalem, so 
they fled from the city. 

In verse 5 we meet another one of the 
"deacons," Philip. He went to a city of Samaria, a 
province about 30 miles north of Jerusalem. 

Note that in Bible stories we see the phrases 
"up to Jerusalem" and "down from Jerusalem," 
no matter what the direction. Jerusalem sits on 
a hill. Being the center of worship, it was and 
still is a sacred city. So when you leave Jerusalem 
for any part of the country you go "down," no 
matter what direction you are going. 

We do not know to which city in Samaria Philip 
went but he was preaching Jesus and salvation 
through Him when an angel told him to go down 
on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza (southwest 
from Jerusalem on the Mediterranean coast). 
That was some distance, but Philip went even 
as he may have wondered what such an order 
meant. If it was summer his journey from 
Samaria in the north country to the Gaza road in 
the south would have been hot and dirty. (Gaza 
has been in our news during the Middle East 

There Philip met a government official from 
Ethiopia. He was riding in a chariot and reading 
the scroll of the book of Isaiah. Philip took that 
place in the Scripture and explained that it told 
about Jesus. 

The chariot was more of a carriage than a war 
chariot. It would have been driven by a servant, 
for the official could not drive and handle a 
scroll at the same time. 

(continued on page 34) 


The Brethren Evangelist 

signal lights 

written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: Walking witli Jesus 

On the Sea of Galilee 

Let's go across the lake," said Jesus to His 
friends one evening. 

Since early morning He had been teaching and 
healing all the people who came to Him. Now He 
was very tired. His friends were glad that they 
had a boat in which He could ride and rest. 

Jesus stepped into the boat. He sat down and 
rested His head on a pillow. The men rowed the 
boat softly over the quiet water. In a few minutes 
Jesus was fast asleep. 

But soon the wind began to blow harder and 
then harder. Clouds covered the moon and the 
stars. The night became very black. Waves 
splashed against the boat. They grew higher and 
higher. The boat went up and down. 

Splash, splash, splash went the waves. 

"O-o-o-oh," howled the wind. 

Waves swept over the side of the boat. Rain 
was falling. The fishermen rowed as hard as they 
could to try to reach land, but the wind blew them 

"O-o-o-oh," the wind continued to roar. 

These men had been on the lake in a storm 
before, but they had never seen such a bad storm. 

They were frightened. Waves were coming 
faster and faster into the boat. The fishermen 
knew that water would soon fill the boat and 
then it would sink. 

Jesus was still fast asleep. Even the noisy 
wind and waves hadn't wakened Him. 

"Jesus! Jesus!" cried His frightened friends. 
"We are going to sink. Our boat is filling with 
water in this terrible storm. We can't row to land." 

Jesus quickly stood up. He saw His friends' 
frightened faces. He looked at the tossing waves 
going up and down, up and down, higher and 

Then Jesus stretched out His arm and said, 
"Peace, be still!" 

At once the wind stopped blowing. The high 
waves dropped down. The lake became smooth 
and quiet. The boat stopped tossing. The moon 
and stars came out. The clouds were gone. The 
storm was over! 

"How strong is God's Son, Jesus!" whispered 
His friends. "Why, even the wind and the sea 
obey Him." 

—Based on Mark 4:35-41 

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Memory Time: Be not afraid, only believe. Mark 5:36b 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

Sunday School Begins 

"Jenny," said David, "we have a house at last!" 

"Where did you find one?" asked Jenny. 

"In the fishing village of Thean Teik Garden." 
he replied. "We will be very comfortable in the 
house and there's a large enclosed yard where 
we can hold meetings." 

For over a year David and Jenny had been 
looking for a house. How happy they were to have 
one at last! 

Soon they were moved from the room they had 
been living in to their house. 

A few days after they moved they invited their 
neighbors and others to come to their yard to 

see a Christian film. About 100 people came to 
that first meeting one year ago on February 5. 

Some stayed after the meeting to find out more 
about Jesus. 

"We never heard about your God," said one. 

"How do we know what you say is true?" asked 

"If Jesus is really the Savior I want to learn 
more about Him," said still another. "Will you 
teach us?" 

"Yes, we will," said David. "That's the reason 
we are here. Besides helping you learn more about 

{continued on next page) 

January 1977 


Signal Lights Program 

(continued from 



Jesus we want to help your children, too. Jenny 
and I would like to have your children come to 
our yard every Thursday to learn more about the 
Savior. May they come?" 

"What will you do at the meetings?" asked a 

"We will tell them stories about Jesus," said 
David. "We will teach them songs and Bible 
verses. We will play games with them and make 
things. May they come?" 

The parents nodded. 

The next Thursday 50 Chinese boys and girls 
gathered in the Loi yard to begin learning about 

That was the beginning of the Brethren "Sun- 
day School" in Malaysia. 

Each day of the week David has a "Sunday 
School" in a different fishing village. The children 
do many of the things you do in your Sunday 

On Sundays there are meetings for adults. 

These Chinese people might never learn of 
Jesus if David and Jenny Loi didn't tell them. 

Our project offering this year will help buy 
the materials needed for the "Sunday School" in 


Sisterhood Program 

(continued from page 32) 

Do you know your Bible well enough to tell 
others about Jesus? 

Philip was taken away by God and went north 
until he came to Caesarea where we will meet 
him later. The official went on his way. The coun- 
try of Ethiopia has had Christians down through 
the centuries since then. There are some very 
unusual and very old churches there which have 
been carved right out of the solid rock. 

Chapter 9 begins, "But Saul." Read Acts 7:58 
and 8:1, 2. In these verses we are introduced to 
Saul the persecutor, who later became Paul the 
missionary. Saul, like others since his time, 
thought he should do away with both the teaching 
about Jesus and the people who had transformed 
lives because of that teaching. But God's Word 
lives, and Saul met the Savior of the Word on 
the Damascus road. God had a plan for Saul's 
life (read 9:15, 16). 

God has a purpose for each of our lives and 
He speaks to us through people who try to show 
us His will. God does not strike us blind to make 
His will known today. 

The church continued to grow (read 9:31). 
We'll look at Saul again later in our study. 

Acts 9:32 tells us what Peter was doing at this 
time. Coming to Lydda, west and north of Jeru- 
salem, he healed a man who had been ill for eight 
years. What would it be like if you had been bed- 
fast for that long and suddenly could get up and 
walk? The people of the town took notice of the 

Peter was sent forth to go to Joppa, a seaport 
10 miles northwest of Lydda. There a lady named 
Dorcas, "full of good works and acts of charity," 
had died. Peter prayed, and Dorcas was restored 
to life. These acts of healing and raising of the 
dead were God's means of showing His power to 
the people of that day. 

The New Testament had not been written yet, 
so God spoke in various ways to tell people that 
Jesus Christ had paid the price of their salvation. 
Peter stayed in Joppa for "many days." 

Joppa is a beautiful place on the shore of the 
very blue Mediterranean Sea. As I stood on that 
shore I wondered where the "house of Simon 
the Tanner" was. 

While in Joppa Peter had the vision of a sheet 
filled with creatures of every kind. Peter was 
hungry, but when told to eat he was not that 
hungry. Jews had very strict laws about food 
and this must have been very shocking to Peter, 
a Jew. God had a great message for Peter — the 
good news of Jesus was for all people. 

So Peter made a trip to Caesarea, north on the 
coast, and there preached in the home of Cornelius 
to a house full of people. Caesarea lies in ruins 
today but the archaeologists are uncovering the 
remains of great buildings which must have 
been very beautiful, judging by carvings on the 
stones. The city was right on the shore of the 
Sea. The heart of Peter's sermon is found in 

Acts 11:19 tells where some of the Christians 
from Jerusalem went at the time of the persecu- 
tion. Those traveling the farthest went to Antioch 
of Syria, and there they told the Greek speaking 
people about Jesus (as well as telling the Jews). 
A church was established there and grew. 
Barnabas (a new character in our story) was sent 
to Antioch to help the church. 

About this time in Jerusalem Herod the king 
(grandson of the Herod who killed the boy babies 
in Bethlehem) killed James, the brother of John. 
He also arrested Peter and put him in prison. 
Peter's escape in chapter 12 is quite a story. We 
sometimes criticize Rhoda for not opening the 
gate when she recognized Peter's voice. What 
would you and I have done in Rhoda's place? 

This section of Acts comes to a close with these 
words in 12:24 — "But the word of God grew and 

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From a recent letter of Rev. Prasantha Kumar 
of the Brethren Mission in India: "We organized 
a gospel team with Brethren young men to evan- 
gelize the villages. The way in which we conducted 
our march was to enter into a village and start 
singing and playing music in the streets, and stop 
in the street corners and preach the gospel with 
the help of a P.A. system. . . . Tracts were distri- 
buted at every home in the village. Fifteen villages 
were reached and 12,550 Gospels, tracts, and book- 
lets were distributed during the months of May 
and June 1976." 


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Several Brethren churches 
joined the nationwide "Here's 
Life, America" campaign in 
November. This cover story re- 
port begins on page 4. 

Cover photo by John Rowsey 

Vol. 99. No. 2 


February 1977 

4 "I found if!" 

Ron Waters reports how Brethren churches participated in 
"Here's Life, America." 

7 What I Found 

"Here's Life" worker Evan Bridenstine shares three of his 

8 "There's not enough time!" 

One class has found an answer to a Sunday School hour that 
was too short. 

10 He Loves Books 

Earleen Ulery tells about Bill Cole and his collection of old 

Brethren Church Ministries 
12 The Benevolent Board 

Our Heritage of Hope: It Pays to Serve Jesus; Living the Life; 
Benevolent Ministries Today; New Programs for the Future. 

22 World Relief 

Breakfast at the City Dump; "It's Time for Stealing"; Give 
with Confidence. 

18 Update 
26 Books 

Textbooks on Trial. 

29 Church Growth Forum 

Seasonal Responsiveness. 

30 Auxiliary Programs 
34 Editorial 

What Are Your Children Learning? 

February 1977 

"I found it! 

A report on how Brethren churches partici- 
pated in "Here's Life, America," as compiled 
by Ron Waters. 

WHAT? "A new life of purpose and 
meaning in Jesus Christ." 
Over 100 Brethren in at least 13 com- 
munities spent part of November and 
December explaining what they had found. 
They were joined by several hundred 
thousand other Christians around the 
country in the "Here's Life, America" 
campaign. The outreach venture was 
sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. 
(See related item on page 6.) 

There were problems 

Nationwide, the campaign was hamp- 
ered in a number of ways. Many tele- 
vision and radio stations refused to carry 
"paid religion" — the special spot announce- 
ments prepared for the campaign. (Some, 
however, did carry lengthy news reports 
on local campaign activities.) And in 
some instances, local coordinating com- 
mittees failed to contact churches in their 
communities that might otherwise have 

But "Here's Life" was noted for its 

innovations, especially when faced with 
adversity. For instance, a newspaper strike 
in Stark County, Ohio, threatened to 
destroy the local media campaign. So 
quick thinking local leaders had "door- 
hangers" printed and distributed. Accord- 
ing to Pastor Ronald L. Waters of 
Massillon, most of the media responses 
came as a result of the "door-hangers." 
Overall, the pastors who reported to 
the Brethren Evangelist were pleased with 
the results. Rev. Marlin McCann of Bryan, 
Ohio, said, "It was very good. We had 
people participating who said, 'I could 
never do anything like that.' But they were 
surprised and excited as they did share 
their faith in Christ." 


ren leaders 


A number of Brethren filled leadership 
positions in their local programs. Gene 
Geaslen served as city and phone center 
coordinator for the Flora, Indiana, cam- 
paign. Pastor Russ Gordon in Bradenton, 
Florida, was the regional pastoral coor- 


Workers in telephone centers 
called residents of their community. 
The purpose: to seek an opening 
for sharing their faith. 

Photo by Roger Waters 




The Brethren Evangelist 

The laity of the churches had their eyes 
opened to what could be done .... Mennon- 
ites, Methodists, and Brethren had a ball 
working together." 

dinator for his area. In Ashland, Arden 
Gilmer served as training coordinator, 
and Pastor Eugene Beekley coordinated 
the county pastors. 

Gene Geaslen sent a glowing report 
from Flora. He reported, "The results . . . 
in Flora surpassed our goals in every area. 
First, our budget was met, with extra 
funds used to retain permanently the 
training equipment leased by our group. 
There were at least 1,200 homes contacted, 
and the gospel was shared with 575 
people. The work yielded 150 decisions to 
accept Christ." 

Gene went on to say that First Brethren 
Church of Flora provided 13 of the town's 
60 trained workers. The church also served 
as the site of the Neighborhood Telephone 
Center, according to Flora Pastor Al 

Of the reporting churches, Ashland's 
Park street Brethren had the most par- 
ticipants. According to Leroy Solomon, 
35 members took part in the outreach, 
while 40 others joined in a 24 hour prayer 

Bradenton Brethren Church was a close 
second. They had 27 manning phones and 
41 as part of a special prayer chain. 

In most communities, each church 
worked somewhat independently of the 
others. But in Smithville, Ohio, Pastor 
Larry Bolinger says, "All worked togeth- 
er. We had two telephone centers where 
people alternated back and forth. Men- 
nonites, Methodist, and Brethren had a 
ball working together." 

He went on to say that only one other 
pastor in Smithville helped with the pro- 
gram. But he added, "The laity of the 
churches had their eyes opened to what 
could be done. It was great!" 

John Brownsberger, pastor of the 
Hillcrest Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, 
added some new twists to his campaign. 
First, he adapted the telephone question- 
naire to tactfully offer information about 
the church. 

He also mailed a special piece intro- 
ducing the church to hundreds of homes 
in the area. Two families visited the church 
(continued on next page) 

Highway billboards were just 
part of the media campaign. Other 
elements were radio and television 
spots, newspaper ads, bumper stick- 
ers, and lapel pins. 

February 1977 


The biggest blessing was learning a simple 
method of sharing our faith ... on a one- 
to-one basis." 

the next Sunday as a result of the maihng. 

But what of the long term results of 
"Here's Life" for Brethren churches? 
Will there be any significant growth as 
a result? 

Russ Gordon felt confident about the 
long-range effects for Bradenton. Shortly 
after the media campaign ended, his 
church was conducting three home Bible 
study groups. The first week 25 attended 
the studies. Each was under the leadership 
of laymen from his congregation. 

But others reported difficulty in enroll- 
ing converts in the studies. 

Perhaps the greater effect of "Here's 
Life" will be the change in the lives of 
the participants. 

Gene Geaslen observed, "The biggest 
blessing was learning a simple method 
of sharing our faith. This is where church 
growth has to begin — in learning how to 
share our faith on a one-to-one basis." 

And his challenge was: "Let's make 
sharing Christ a way of life!" 

"Door-hangers" were used in one community 
when a newspaper strike threatened. 

What is "Here's Life, America"? 

As we reported in the November 1976 issue 
(page 23), "Here's Life, America" is a world- 
wide campaign to reach people for Jesus Christ. 
The program is sponsored by Campus Crusade 
for Christ and is directed in major metropolitan 
areas by local coordinating committees. 

During the first week of the four week cam- 
paign, "I found it!" slogans are displayed 
throughout an area on bumper stickers, bill- 
boards, newspaper ads, television and radio 
spots, and lapel pins. 

The "reveal" portion of the campaign begins 
the second week. A phone number where "you 
can find it too" is added to the announcements. 

Workers are trained before the campaign to 
share their faith. 

People interested in inquiring what the cam- 
paign is about call a Media Response Center. 
Neighborhood Telephone Centers are sites 
where workers systematically call every house- 
hold in an area to guage awareness of the cam- 
paign and to share the "Four Spiritual Laws." 

So far, most areas of the United States have 
been covered, with other areas scheduled for 
saturation by mid-1977. Campus Crusade hopes 
to reach 60 million households in this country 
through local churches which participate in 
the campaign. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


What I Found 

Evan Bridens+ine shares his experience as a 
'Here's Life, America" worker. 

riE first day I wore the "I found it!" 
button, I went to the bank. As I fin- 
ished and stepped outside, a car pulled 
around the bank. It passed me, but stopped 
10 or 15 yards away. 

The driver leaned out and asked, "What 
did you find?" 

I ran over to him and found out he was 
a bank courier, short on time. But he 
listened intently as I briefly shared my 

When I finished, he said, "Thanks! I 
needed that! It's made my day." He said 
he was a church member but had not been 
very active. 

I gave him the "I found it!" booklet 
and thought my day had been made, too. 
But in the next 15 minutes I was stopped 
3 more times about the button. 

God uses the simple things to get 
people's attention. 

The nervous worker 

In my dealing with "Here's Life" 
workers, one man particularly stands out 
in my mind. He was not a member of our 
church. In fact, he was the only one from 
his church participating. He said he 
wanted to learn how to share his faith. 

He was a bundle of nerves oh the first 
night of telephoning. The words bothered 
him; he skipped all over the page; and 
he made a lot of errors. But no one ever 
hung up on him! 

As a result of his first four calls that 
night, three accepted Christ. The other 
asked him to send the literature and 
thanked him for calling. 

I believe God was telling this man and 
those of us who knew what was happen- 

Evan Bridenstine is a high school junior and 
a member of the Smithville, Ohio, Brethren 

ing that He would bless our efforts. 
Needless to say, that man is convinced 
that he can continue to share Christ. 

One night during the final week of 
telephoning, I had had three refusals to 

"When I asked her if she would like 
someone to visit her, she said, "Not 
yet. I can't talk this out face to 

talk. Then I reached a lady who was 
willing to listen to the presentation. She 
had told me she was a church member. 

After reading the prayer, I asked if it 
expressed the thoughts of her heart. There 
was no response. I knew she had not hung 
up, but I couldn't make out the sounds I 
was hearing. 

I waited a little longer, then I asked 
if she had heard the question. She ex- 
plained that a torrent of emotion had 
been released in hearing that prayer. Six 
months before she had lost her husband 
of 35 years. She had been unable to cry 
or otherwise release her pent up hurt, 
frustration, and loneliness. 

When I asked if she would like someone 
to visit her, she said, "Not yet. I can't 
talk this out face to face." 

But she asked me to keep talking on the 
phone. So I read from Romans 8 about 
God's abiding love. Then, using the 
"Beginning your new hfe" booklet, I read 
from John 14 about God's eternal plan. 

I believe God is a master of timing. She 
needed that call, and I needed to know it 
was worthwhile to bother calling people 
I didn't know. 

I am convinced that God uses tele- 
phones, buttons, and people to touch lives. 
He sure did use them to touch mine! 

February 1977 

"There's not enough time!''' 

The revised Sunday School material for chil- 
dren sparked a new learning approach for one 
class, as told to John Rowsey. 

HAVE you ever heard a teacher moan, 
"I can't do it. There's just not enough 
time to complete the whole lesson." 

Many teachers who use Gospel Light 
Sunday School material have voiced this 
concern in the past. And since G/L has 
incorporated more learning activities into 
the lesson plans, the cry has been louder 
than ever. 

Is it possible to use all four parts of the 
lesson plan (see related material on the 
next page) and still be effective? We 
decided to find out. 

Karen Weidenhamer's first and second 
grade department has used G/L material 
for many years. She and her fellow teach- 
ers have been pleased with the newly 
revised material for primary children. 
"I've found it really holds their attention," 
she says. I also like the way it is set up; 
it's easy for the teacher to follow." 

Rex McConahay, another teacher in the 
department, concurs. "I have found it 
really great for this age group because 
it is activity-oriented. It is easy to use . . . 
it has so many things you can do." 

But that is the problem — how to use 
so much material and still be effective. 

Karen, Rex, and Marilyn Burkey faced 
the dilemma. According to Karen, "At 
first we were trying to follow the plan 
just as it was set up in the material, but 
we just didn't have time. 

"We started an activity when the first 
child walked in the room . . . usually about 
9:15. We tried to have two or three 
readiness activities, which lasted until 

Not enough time 

"Then we broke into groups for our 
Bible story and to do our workbook pages 
together. That took until about 10:00. 
The sharing time lasted about 15 minutes, 
and then we were ready for the Bible 
Learning Activities. But the bell would 
always ring just as we got started. 

"We tried cutting back in all the differ- 
ent areas, but we didn't feel we could do 
that and do justice to anything. We were 
just in a frenzy every Sunday morning." 



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Bible memorization can be an 
effective readiness activity. Rex 
t'*^'- McConahay listens as pupils recite 
their verses. 

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"Then we were ready for our Bible Learning 
Activities. But the bell would always ring 
just as we got started." 

The three teachers discussed the prob- 
lem at their monthly planning meeting and 
came up with a solution. Rex and his wife 
Bobbi were leading the Sunday evening 
youth program for the same children. So 
they decided to use both sessions, morn- 
ing and evening, as a coordinated unit 
of study. 

"What we did was eliminate the Bible 
Learning Activities on Sunday morning," 
Karen noted. Rex and Bobbi use them 
in the Sunday evening session." 

Rex expressed his satisfaction with the 
arrangement. "When we had the Sunday 
night youth program eight or nine years 
ago, we had no material and no idea what 
the kids were doing on Sunday morning. 
So we did something that we threw to- 
gether on our own. 

"Now we are reinforcing something the 
kids have learned on Sunday morning. It's 
a learning time that ties in. This way, too, 
the Sunday School teachers and the youth 
leaders meet together for planning the 
lessons, parties, and special activities. 

(continued on page 11) 

Gospel Light's Lesson Plan 

The editors of G/L's Sunday School 
curriculum for children suggest a four- 
part plan for each week's session: 
Bible Readiness — as pupils arrive, they 
are given learning activities to prepare 
them for the Bible Study. Activities may 
include a simple craft, research, game, or 
Bible memorization. Attendance is taken 
during this time. 

Bible Study — breaking into small groups, 
the pupils listen to the Bible story. The 
teacher directs pupils in thinking through 
ways of applying the Bible truths to their 
own lives. 

Bible Sharing — a large group time when 
children come back together for worship 
and sharing what they have learned. 
Bible Learning Activities — children divide 
into small groups to work on an activity 
that will reinforce the Bible story. Stu- 
dents choose the activity they wish. 

Bible readiness is essential to 
preparing the children for the les- 
son. Here Karen Weidenhamer 
assists students with a readiness 






February 1977 

He Loves Books 

Earleen Ulery tells about Bill Cole and his 
collection of old books. 

REV. C. WILLIAM COLE'S love for 
books goes back to his childhood on 
the farm. 

Today he has a collection of approxi- 
mately 5,000 books, many of them rare 
and antique. Included are 110 Bibles and 
60 hymnals in many sizes and origins. 

"My stepfather collected books as a 
farmer," Pastor Cole said. "He had an 
uncanny ability to judge good books." 
Gleaning farm sales, he picked up religious 
and historical books. (He is now a retired 
Missionary Church minister living in 
Muncie, Indiana.) 

"He stimulated an interest in books for 
me and my brother, who is a United Meth- 
odist minister in Monroe, Virginia," Pastor 
Cole said. 

Pastor Cole's interest grew as he went 
to Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, 
Massachusetts. He started combing Boston 
bookstores while he was preparing for 
the ministry. 

The "best" books 

He began collecting the best books 
rather than the oldest books. To develop 
a broad interest in reading. Pastor Cole 
said, a person should read the best in each 
field because he will spend less time doing 
so. Because Eastern Nazarene College is 
in the shadow of Harvard University, the 
stress was on source materials rather than 
beginning study or reading books about 
a subject. 

For example, if a person is going to 
study the Bible, he or she should know the 
Bible itself rather than books about the 

"With that educational philosophy I 
found there are many old books that are 
classics in their insights," he said. 

Earleen Ulery is a reporter for the Wabash, 
Ind., PLAIN DEALER. Rev. Cole is pastor of 
the First Brethren Church of Wabash. 

His interest in collecting hymnbooks and 
Bibles came after being in the pastorate 
several years. 

"Every so often someone would give 
me a Bible, and then I began to request 
hymnbooks. So when we came to South 
Bend in 1958, I began to look for the oldest 
hymnbooks I could find," Pastor Cole 

A rare book dealer there, Harriett 
Barnette, told Pastor Cole about a very 
old Brethren hymnbook which was pub- 
lished by Samuel Saur, grandson of 
Christopher Saur, in 1797. In the German 
language, it was published in Baltimore, 
Maryland, and was covered with leather 
on wood. The elder Saur was the first 
publisher of Bibles in America. Eventually 
Pastor Cole became a book scout for Mrs. 
Barnette, and they would cross trade their 

Few of the early hymnbooks have 
musical scores. It was the custom for the 
song leader to read a line and the congre- 
gation to repeat the line. In those days, it 
was a matter of economy and the fact 
many people could not read. 

The tiniest hymnbook in his collection is 
two by three inches and slightly over an 
inch thick. It is an 1846 Methodist hymn- 
book with 1,129 hymns, including many 
Christmas hymns sung today. 




Pastor Cole's oldest Bible is one volume 
of a three-part Bible published in 1769. 
The volume he has is Genesis through 
Proverbs and was printed in English. 

Pastor Cole said the United States 
depended upon Bibles printed in England 
up to 1782 when Robert Aitken published 
the first American Bible in English, 
approved and recommended by the U.S. 
Congress. An original of this Bible would 
be worth $1,000, Pastor Cole said. He 
has a reproduction. 


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Photo by Harold Chatlosh 

Rev. Cole displays one of the rare Bibles from 
his collection. 

A Martin Luther translation by Dr, 
August Francke, published in Halle, Ger- 
many, in 1771, is the last Bible Pastor 
Cole acquired. An antique dealer in Dun- 
cansville, Pennsylvania, sold it to him at 
cost because of his interest in old Bibles. 

Of considerable value. Pastor Cole said, 
is a German New Testament published in 
Somerset, Pennsylvania, by Friedrich Goeb 
in 1814. 

Pastor Cole's interest in these books is 
for their cultural value and to convey to 
others the past's richness. His greatest 
desire, however, is to get a Christopher 
Saur Bible, but he hasn't been able to 
acquire one. 

"What is most interesting about collect- 
ing both song books and Bibles is that 
there is far more agreement among the 
churches in songs and reading of the Word 
than it appears from the outside. There 
are so many different song books, yet 
there are the same hymns," he said. 

Reprinted from the December 5, 1976, issue of the Wabash, 
Ind., Plain Dealer. Used by permission. 

"There's not enough time!" 

(continued fronn page 9) 

Karen has been happy with the arrange- 
ment. "I think we as teachers do a better 
job because we don't feel the pressure to 
hurry." Rex added, "This gives us more 
time for singing, for memory work, for 
helping the children use their Bibles . . . 
really, more time for individual attention." 

The plan is not without its problems. 
The department averages 10-12 on Sunday 
mornings, but they have only 5 or 6 on 
Sunday evenings. With the limited num- 
ber of children on Sunday evening, the 
McConahays have been offering only one 
Bible Learning Activity each week. "If 
W3 could get a few more children, we 
could offer them a choice between two 

According to Rex, the problem is not 
so much that the children do not want to 
come Sunday nights. "If no one else in 
the family comes, the children don't come 

Other group activities 

They have tried to compensate for the 
problem in several ways. Karen observed, 
"We always share the activity from the 
Sunday night time on the next Sunday 
morning. This way all students have at 
least some exposure to the learning ac- 
tivity." They also frequently adapt some 
of the Bible Learning Activities for use 
during the readiness time. 

They also try to plan at least one whole 
group activity each month, to include the 
kids who do not come Sunday evening. 
These have included a birthday party for 
Jesus; a special meal, where each teacher 
took several of the children home with 
them for Sunday dinner; and collecting 
mittens and canned goods for the needy 
as part of a total church project. This 
month, since their study focuses on "help- 
ing people who need it," they will visit 
Brethren Care retirement/ nursing home. 

Is it possible to effectively use all four 
parts of the Gospel Light lesson plan? 
Yes, but it will require teachers and super- 
intendents who are willing to take time 
to plan and look at all the possibilities. 

Perhaps the coordinated Sunday School/ 
youth program idea will not work for 
you. How about coordinating it with chil- 
dren's church? Or maybe something else 
would work better in your situation. Take 
some time soon to see how you can use 
the total teaching plan to help your 
students apply the Bible to daily life. 

February 1977 


the benevolent hoard 
celebrates ... 


Hope out of the Past 

// Pays to Serve Jesus 

by Jurisa Garwood 

''0 taste and see that the Lord is good." 

Psalms 34:8 

WHEN God calls, He wants obedience; 
so when tasks seemed great, I trust- 
ed for help. As David said, "My help 
comes from the Lord." Jesus said, "My 
grace is sufficient for thee," and He also 
assured that "as our day, so shall our 
strength be." With all this assurance, how 
could I be afraid to serve Him? 

Early in life came a time of food ration- 
ing, which was a trial, for the sugar 

Jurisa Garwood is a member of the South Bend, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. She was honored 
in August 1976 as one of the "Senior Citizens 
of the Year." 

allowed our family of five (including my 
afflicted mother) was not sufficient. As 
I was addicted to singing in my daily work, 
I found comfort in the hymns "God Will 
Take Care of You" and "What a Friend 
We Have in Jesus." My courage was re- 
newed and daily cares were made lighter. 

When asked to do some tasks, fears 
struck me for lack of education and experi- 
ence, but I would feel a song coming on . . . 
"It Is No Secret What God Can Do." My 
prayer would be "O Make Me Pure." 

Many were the mistakes I made in my 
efforts to serve my Maker, and I felt like 
"clay in the potter's hands," being molded 
and shaped as God willed. Who am I to 
say "no" to my Lord? Whom do I obey? 
God or self? Down through the years I 
was afraid to say "no," for I love my 
Jesus who loves me. 

During the Great Depression of the 
thirties again our struggles were almost 
beyond endurance. With the help of a 
kind sister of my husband, we were able 
to financially keep our home, and we could 
say "Thank You Lord." Our days were 
occupied with doing service for others 
and thus forgetting our own plight. 

Once I vowed, "As long as I have a 

dress good enough to wear on the street, 

I will not refuse to go to church," and 

(continued on next page) 


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Hope out of the Past 

Living fhe Life 

a testimony by DeMain Warner 

THE Senior Citizens awards program of 
our denomination in 1976 has brought 
to our attention the many activities and 
helpfulness of our older members. I am 
certain that all are valued very highly by 
other members as these have served in 
their various places of honor and trust in 
the community. 

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DeMain Warner is a member of the Goshen, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. He was also selected 
as a "Senior Citizen of the Year" in 1976. 

It would seem that perhaps the greatest 
good to come from this program would 
be the encouragement it could give our 
youth in serving God and man through 
the church and other avenues open to them 
throughout their lives. 

The Brethren Evangelist of September 
1976 contained a rather detailed story of 
my activities in the church and community 
down through the years. I have been asked 
to give some general thoughts, incidents, 
and experiences out of the past that might 
be helpful to others. 

I became a Christian and a member of 
the Brethren Church in 1907, but did not 
really attend much or become active in 
the work of the church until 1910. 

My father passed away in 1906, leaving 
my mother with four sons; I was the 
oldest. My school work was limited to the 
eighth grade, as I needed to help support 
the family. Through our church I took 
part in the Sunday School and young 
people's work (Christian Endeavor in 
those days). I have often said, and I fully 
believe it, that if I have been of value to 
my church and community, it is because 

(continued on page 17) 

miracles do happen. A fine lady in our 
church had a good dress she could not 
wear or alter for her daughter. Again God 
works mysteriously, for she gave the dress 
to me, another lady altered it, and we were 
made to sing "How Great Thou Art." 

Finally we were able to purchase a new 
car (our first), and we dedicated our car 
to the Lord. Our new car helped us serve 
in our church obligations, making calls 
on the sick and ministering in prayer. 
We had no time to get lonely . . . "There 
Is Joy in Serving Jesus." 

I have always thanked my Lord for 
giving me Christian parents and a Chris- 
tian husband. They provided a good foun- 
dation for my life and establishment of 
a Christian home to be a blessing to others. 
The poem "Others" has been a revelation 
to me, for Christ gave Himself for others. 

The death of Mr. Garwood came sudden- 
ly, and decisions concerning my life had 
to be made promptly. I can truly say that 
without the wisdom and inspiration of 
God my courage would have ended. The 
aid of Mr. Garwood's near kin helped me 
to conclude that I should make my home 
with Miss Garwood. Her home and love 
are adding more graces to the extention 
of my years. I can truly say, "Man's 
extremity is God's opportunity, and our 
disappointments are God's sweetest 

My closing prayer is: 

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me 

All His wonderful passion and purity 

O thou spirit divine 

All my nature refine 

Till the beauty of Jesus is seen in me. 

February 1977 



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Hope in the Present 


Benevolent Ministries Today 

The Benevolent Board, through satellite corporations, is providing varied services 
in three locations. Two more will be in operation soon. 

The Brethren's Home 

An 86--bed health care unit provides 24 hour skilled nursing care. Social activities, 
religious services, beauty and barber shop, and therapy round out the program 
of care. 

"Brethren Village" consists of 24 retirement apartments of one- and two-bedroom 
size giving opportunity for independent living. Apartments are carpeted (except for 
bath and kitchen), have complete kitchens, TV connections, and call system. You 
may obtain an apartment either through the Life Use Plan or monthly rental. 

For information write or call: Mrs. Rosemary Eddy, Administrator, The 
Brethren's Home, Bt. 2, Box 97, Flora, Indiana 46929; phone: (219) 967-4571. 

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Brethren Care 

A 100-bed health care unit provides 24 hour skilled nursing care, social activities, 
religious services, beauty and barber shop, and therapy for a full range of services. 

Three apartments (two one-bedroom; one two-bedroom) are carpeted, air condi- 
tioned, and have complete kitchens and TV connections for independent retirement 

Approximately 115 apartments of efficiency, one-, and two-bedroom size will be 
added in 1977. Either the Life Use Plan or monthly rental will make the apartments 
available to retirees. 

For information write or call. Mr. L. E. Seaman, Administrator, Brethren Care, 
Inc., 2000 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805; phone: (419) 289-1585. 

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Buckeye Apartments 

A nine apartment unit operated by the Benevolent Board. Five one-bedroom and 
four two-bedroom apartments are available on the Life Use Plan or monthly rental. 
Each apartment is carpeted, air conditioned, has complete kitchen, TV connection, 
and ample storage. The garden atmosphere created by the center walkway provides 
pleasant retirement living. 

For information write or call: The Benevolent Board, 524 College Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio 44805; phone: (419) 289-2202. 




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Brethren Laurel Manor 

An 82-bed health care unit will provide 24 hour skilled nursing care and a full 
range of services. 

Approximately 150 apartments for independent living will be included. Efficiency, 
one-, and two-bedroom apartments will feature wall-to-wall carpeting, fully equipped 
electric kitchens, and safety features. Apartments will be offered under the Life 
Use Plan or monthly rental. 

For information write or call: Brethren Laurel Manor, R.D. 1, Box 370A, Cone- 
maugh, Pennsylvania 15909; phone: (814) 322-4181, 

February 1977 



Topsfield Terrace 

A 100-bed health care unit with 24 hour slcilled nursing care and a full range of 
services will be provided. 

Approximately 150 apartments for independent living will feature wall-to-wall 
carpeting, drapery rods and liners, air conditioning, extra storage, and call system. 
Efficiency, one-, and two-bedroom apartments will be available under Life Member- 
ship Plan. 

For information write or call: Mr. John Wilson, Executive Director, Topsfield 
Terrace, Suite 306, Lafayette Building, 115 S. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 
46601; phone: (219) 287-1096. 

Benevolent Care 

Benevolent care for the elderly is given each year at the Brethren's Home, Flora, 
Indiana, and Brethren Care, Ashland, Ohio. Individuals who cannot pay the full daily 
costs are cared for and subsidized by each facility through gifts, offerings, and 

Last year the amount of benevolent care given was: 

The Brethren's Home $38,000.00 

Brethren Care 10,465.26 

Total $48,465.26 

Residents receiving support have expressed their gratitude, and the Benevolent 
Board also wants to take this opportunity to thank donors. 

Your continuing support of our ministry to the elderly is urged to make benevo- 
lent care a reality for a number of residents in our health care facilities. 


The Benevolent Board Offering is gathered in the month of February. All 
churches who are not on a budget system participate in the February ingathering. 
Other congregations, operating on a budget, send quarterly offerings. 

The standard for giving to the Benevolent Board has been established through 
the National Church Goals. They require a $3.00 per member offering for benevolent 
work. Individuals and churches should keep this in mind as they give for the min- 
istry of the Benevolent Board of the Brethren Church. 


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Hope for the Future 

New Programs for the Future 

The Benevolent Board, in accordance with recommendations by author- 
ities in the field of gerontology, is hoping to include outreach and mobile 
services from its retirement facilities. In addition to health care and apart- 
ment living in our centers, we hope to develop such programs as: 

Day Care Centers for Senior Citizens — where the elderly can visit dur- 
ing the day for fellowship, activities, and a balanced meal. 

Transportation — provided by vehicles at each center for residents and 
elderly remaining in their homes. 

Homemaker Aides — individuals going to homes of the elderly to pro- 
vide light housekeeping duties and small repairs. 

Meals-on-Wheels — one meal a day delivered to homes of the elderly. 

Telephone Reassurance — calls made to elderly in their homes to check 
on their needs and provide regular outside contact. 

Living the Life 

(continued from page 13) 

of the early training received in the work 
with the church youth. 

Among the abilities you need to have, 
or develop, is the ability to get along with 
others. This is necessary if you want to 
be successful in helping to work with 
others. You need not always agree, but you 
need to be kind and honest with others 
who do not agree with you. We surely 
cannot be helpful by becoming inconsid- 
erate or angry. You must have a sincere 
respect for others and their opinions. 

Another ability needed is steadfastness. 
Be consistent in your interest and support, 
even when things do not go as you would 
like. If you must, use your influence to 
make changes you believe are needed, but 
do not discontinue your support and 

You also need to be grateful to others 
for their efforts to be helpful. Express 
your thanks for any kindness and help 
extended to you. 

We must not compromise Christian 
principles and beliefs. We need to watch 
our language and what we say. We must 
let people know where we stand on Chris- 
tian and moral issues. We will be respected 
and admired for it. I have never felt dis- 
criminated against in any way because I 
did not belong to any fraternal or lodge 
group, partake of intoxicating beverages, 
or use tobacco. 

There are those who believe that a call 
from or by the church to some definite 
service is a call from God. I tend to agree 
and suggest that long and very careful 
consideration be given before refusing to 

If you want to be helpful in solving the 
many problems surrounding you, you need 
to continually study and learn all you can 
about the problems and the people 

I have been honored beyond measure by 
my church, community, and others, as 
evidenced by the fine plaques above my 
desk and the many letters of thanks and 
commendation received for helpful work 
done in many places. 

February 1977 



news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

1977 Men's Congress 

A Cdil for Fellowship and Leorning 




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Dr. John C. Broger will speak at the 1977 Men's 

Banquet' introduces students 
to Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio — Seventeen seminary and pre- 
seminary students and their wives attended a 
special banquet December 17. Purpose of the 
gathering was to acquaint the prospective pastors 
with the Brethren Church and its ministries. 

The Brethren Ministerial Student Aid Fund 
Committee and the National Ministerial Associa- 
tion hosted the banquet. 

Following the meal, denominational executives 
highlighted the various aspects of their ministries. 
Afterward, students posed questions to gain 
further insight. 

In addition to Brethren students studying at 
Ashland College and Seminary, a number of non- 
Brethren students were invited so they could 
become better acquainted with the denomination. 

by John D. Rowsey 

For the past several years laymen from the 
Brethren Church, along with men from the 
Christian Union Church, the Evangelical Congre- 
gational Church, the Primitive Methodist Church, 
and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, 
have jointly sponsored the annual Men's Congress. 

The 1977 Men's Congress will be held at Camp 
Calvary, Angola, Indiana, on April 15 through 
17. Each congress has been a very meaningful 
and blessed experience and well worth the time. 
And 1977 looks like a year not to miss. The leader 
will be Dr. John C. Broger, director of the Office 
of Information for the Armed Forces. 

Dr. Broger is founder and past president of the 
Far East Broadcasting Company, active in many 
Christian organizations, and presently the chair- 
man of the National Capital Area Association of 
Evangelicals. His concern for the Washington area 
led him to invite Dr. Jay Adams, author of 
Competent to Counsel, to hold a seminar for 
chaplains at Ft. Belvoir. From recordings of these 
sessions and additional material, the NAE's 
cassette training program "Competent to Counsel" 
was developed. 

Dr. Broger has tested this program extensively 
with Christians in the Washington area. He will 
share his experience at the 1977 Men's Congress. 
Harold Wust, chairman of the steering committee, 
says, "We are convinced that there is a desperate 
need for Christian laymen who are competent to 
counsel — men who, with Bible in hand, are able 
to show their fellowmen that the Word of God 
contains the answers to their problems." 

The Brethren Church is represented on the 
steering committee by Virgil Barnhart. Last year 
15 men from 6 Brethren churches attended. 

Undoubtedly laymen contacts in Brethren 
churches have, or will be receiving, brochures 
and additional information in their mailings from 
the National Laymen President Jim Payne. Addi- 
tional registration blanks may be obtained from 
the Central Council Office, 524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805, or from me. A $12.50 trans- 
ferable (but not refundable) registration fee is 
required ($15.00 after March 15th) with registra- 
tion. An additional $25.00 will be received on 
arrival for board and room. Included are six 
meals, beginning with Friday's supper. Adjust- 
ments will be made for those who can not attend 
the entire conference. Why not plan now to 


The Brethren Evangelist 

PleasanI- View youth support 
hospital memorial fund 

Vandergrift, Pa. — The Pleasant View Brethren 
Youth held a benefit here December 20th for 
Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

The benefit was called the "Wendy Crytzer- 
Jimmy Swenk Memorial Benefit," in memory of 
two children from the church who died there. The 
benefit itself, according to Pastor Bill Walk, was 
"an evening of entertainment and inspiration." 

The overall campaign for the hospital is spon- 
sored by KDKA and the Pittsburgh Press. The 
hospital refuses treatment to no one because of 
inability to pay. The annual drive raises money 
to help defray the costs. 

This year the youth raised funds by door-to-door 
solicitation and an offering at the benefit. Their 
1976 goal was $1,750, and they raised $2,000. In 
1975 they received $1,145. Rev. Walk said, "Last 
year, in listening to the broadcasts about other 
groups bringing in money, some of our youth 
thought it would be a good project for them, too." 

He went on to say, "We are very proud of our 
youth and challenge other youth groups to get 
involved in benevolent work in their communities." 

Dean Dalton resigns, 
former G/L V.P. 

Glendale, Calif. — Dean A. Dalton, vice president 
and director of denominational services for Gospel 
Light Publications, has resigned that position due 
to ill health. 

Mr. Dalton had been with Gospel Light since 
1958, serving first as director of educational ser- 
vices. He established a broad national field services 
program for the betterment of Christian education 
in churches in the United States and Canada. 

He later served as G/L's first marketing director 
and in 1972 was named vice president. 

Fred Burkey, director of Christian education 
for the Brethren Church, commented, "Over the 
years, Mr. Dalton's thoughtful and prompt atten- 
tion to the literature needs of the Brethren Church 
has been deeply appreciated. He ^ was always 
anxious to improve both the effectiveness of 
Gospel Light's Sunday School literature and the 
quality of services to our church." 

Dalton's illness followed a five month world- 
wide tour in the interest of Christian education. 
The trip was sponsored by GLINT, Gospel Litera- 
ture International. His doctors urged that he not 
resume his responsibilities at Gospel Light. 

Dr. Burkey continued, "While he will be missed, 
we pray that God will return him to good health 
and active ministry." 

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"The world is moving so fast these days that 
the man who says it can't be done is generally 
interrupted by someone doing it." 

— Elbert Hubbard 


Youth programs offered 
by ioard of Christian Ed. 

Ashland, Ohio— The National Board of Christian 
Education of the Brethren Church has recently 
developed a new program aid for local BYC 

"BYC Program Guidelines" are being distributed 
free of charge to the sponsors of all registered 
senior BYC groups (or combined groups with 
several senior high members). The "Guidelines" 
offer outlines for weekly programs, along with 
correlated visual aid suggestions, discussion 
starters, a list of additional resources, recreation 
ideas, and fund-raising project suggestions. 

"BYC Program Guidelines" are being produced 
for each month from January through May 1977. 
January's topic was on making goals and plans 
for the future; February's suggestions deal with 
how to have an effective prayer life. 

If your church's senior BYC group is registered 
and not receiving the "Guidehnes," or if you want 
to register your group now, contact the BCE 
Office, 524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Membership Growth 

Bradenton: 6 by baptism, 1 by letter 

Flora: 2 by baptism, 2 by letter 

North Manchester: 2 by letter 

Sarasota: 2 by baptism, 1 by letter 

Vandergrift: 5 by baptism, 1 by letter 

You are inuited 

35th Annual 
NAE Convention 
February; 22-24, 1977 



A focal gathering of 1000 evangelical leaders 
from across the country for; practical workshop 
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Santa and Christmas 

Dear Editor, 

Hallelujah for Roger Herman's article (Decem- 
ber, p. 16)! I have the same thoughts about Santa 
(Satan), and when I've expressed them to others — 
guess what? They were rejected by many! But so 
was Christ rejected many times. 

The views expressed (small print at end of 
article) should be the views of all real true 

Exposing Santa is just the beginning. How about 
the idol of the Christmas tree (Jeremiah 10:2-5). 
And if any thinks it not an idol, just try one 
Christmas without the tree. 

— Ruth DeLozier, Ashland, Ohio 


Bonnie Bice to John Massingale, Nov. 27, at North 

Manchester, Ind. Members of First Brethren 

Church. Ken Van Duyne, officiating. 

Barbara Lee to Cecil Smith, Nov. 27, at Bradenton, 

Fla. Members of Bradenton Brethren Church. 

Russell Gordon, pastor, officiating. 

Laura Piper to Dan Beachler, Nov. 25, at North 

Manchester, Ind. Member of First Brethren 

Church. Arthur Cook, pastor, officiating. 

Gay Lack to Kenneth Walker, Sept. 25, at Mineral 

Point, Pa. Members of Vinco Brethren Church. 

Carl Phillips, pastor, officiating. 


Mr. & Mrs. Russell Runs, 60th, Jan. 16. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Earl WUldn, 62nd, Dec. 23. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Lanark, 111. 
Mr. & Mrs. Elton Metzger, 51st, Nov. 6. Members 
of Vinco Brethren Church, Mineral Point, Pa. 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brower, 56th, Oct. 20. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 

In Memory 

Fred Allbaugh, 84, Dec. 28. Member of Flora, Ind., 
First Brethren Church. Services by Alvin 
Grumbling, pastor. 

Miss Sydney Lenhart, 85, Dec. 27. Member of 
Meyersdale, Pa., Main St. Brethren Church. Ser- 
vices by Joseph Hanna, pastor. 
Dora Sausaman, 78, Dec. 24. Member of South 
Bend, Ind., Ardmore Brethren Church. Services 
by Stephen Cole, pastor. 

William S. Porte, 85, Dec. 15. Member of Washing- 
ton, D.C., Brethren Church. Services by Robert 
Keplinger, pastor. 

Mrs. Grace M. Hornig, 79, Dec. 11. Member of 
Meyersdale, Pa., Main St. Brethren Church. Ser- 
vices by Joseph Hanna, pastor. 
Mrs. Carrie Diffenderfer, 79, Nov. 30. Member of 
Lanark, 111., First Brethren Church. Services by 
David Cooksey, pastor. 

George L. Fitzwater, 77, Nov. 22. Member of 
Mathias, W.V., First Brethren Church. Services by 
C. Y. Gilmer, pastor and John Mills. 

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— Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Richard Austin ordained at Peru 

Peru, Ind. — Rev. Richard A. Austin was set apart 
as a Brethren elder on January 2 at the First 
Brethren Church here. He had been called as 
pastor of the church in October 1975. 

Rev. Claude Stogsdill, pastor of the Warsaw 
First Brethren Church, gave the ordination mes- 
sage. Rev. Wilbur Thomas read the scripture and 
offered prayer. 

Peru Moderator Amos Combs read the action 
of the church calling for ordination. Rev. Albert 
Curtright set Rev. Austin apart as an elder. 

Rev. Austin's wife, Corine, was consecrated as 
the wife of an elder by Rev. Austin Gable. 

Special music was offered by Rev. and Mrs. 
Rodney Thomas and by P. J. Finster of the Peru 

Prior to moving to Peru, Rev. Austin had been 
an industrial electrician in the Warsaw area. While 
there, he and his family joined the First Brethren 
Church of Warsaw. 

He previously had served as pastor of three 
other churches. 

Richard and Corine Austin have one son, James 
Allen, who is 11. 








Pastor Oesch insfalled 
al- Kokomo 

Kokomo, Ind. — The First Brethren Church here 
welcomed Rev. and Mrs. Jeff Oesch as their new 
pastoral family recently. 

Both were baptized on December 19 by Rev. 
Albert Curtright of Burlington. He and Rev. W. E. 
Thomas of Loree then received them into the 
church's membership. 

Rev. Rodney Thomas of Huntington then in- 
stalled Rev. and Mrs. Oesch as the pastoral family. 

Both Jeff and Ruth received bachelor of science 
degrees in foreign missions from Toccoa Falls 
College in Georgia, according to Elizabeth Surbey, 
church secretary. 

They have one son who is three. 

World Day of Prayer guide 
available to churches 

Wheaton, III. (NAE)— "God's Word: Our Infalli- 
ble Guide" is the theme of NAE materials for the 
1977 World Day of Prayer observance. Because 
the issue of biblical authority has recently come 
to the forefront of evangelical circles, NAE felt 
it vital to focus on that area for the March 4th 

Each year NAE provides some 100,000 Bible- 
centered worship guides to church and community 
groups across the country. The guide, in booklet 
format for audience participation, was prepared 
by author Jill Briscoe. It is divided into three 
parts: the Word diffused — a cause for praise; the 
Word abused — a cause for repentance; and the 
Word used — a cause for prayer. 

Calendar of Events 

February 5-25 — Work and Worship Tour II to 

Colombia, Argentina, and Panama. 

February 7-10 — Ashland Theological Seminary 

Pastor's Conference, sponsored by the ATS Alumni 

Association. Dr. David Burnham, speaker. 

February 14-20 — Senior Citizen Week. 

February 22-24 — NAE Convention, Arlington Hts., 


March 4 — EWorld Day of Prayer (sponsored by 

March 3-6 — Northern California District Confer- 
ence, Stockton Brethren Church. 

March 12 — Ohio Conference Business Meeting, 
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. 

April 15-17 — 1977 Men's Congress, Camp Calvary, 
Angola, Ind. 

April 15-17 — Southwest Dist. Conf., Papago Park/ 
Tempe, Ariz. 

April 18-22 — NAE Washington Leadership Briefing. 

February 1977 


world relief 

Breakfast at the City Dump 

Brethren World Relief Board Chairman Phil 
Lersch describes a unique feeding program in 

I missed this experience by about 4 hours . . . 
in Calcutta, India, last January. 

But fortunately one member of our group, 
Clifford Bjorkland of the Evangelical Covenant 
Church, arrived in Calcutta a few days earlier and 
was able to observe firsthand the 

Dump Feeding Program. 

Cliff was up at 4:00 a.m. and over to the Assem- 
bly of God mission complex by 4:30 to catch a 
jeep for the 10-mile ride to the Calcutta City 
Dump. When the driver was late in coming. Cliff 
joined the 5:00 a.m. prayer meeting for a half 
hour. (Our plane didn't arrive until 8:00.) 

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Finally they got going in the jeep, with a trailer 
in tow loaded with stacks of wheat cakes and a 
huge tub of instant cocoa prepared for distribu- 
tion. Now I'd like to have you tune-in to Cliff 
Bjorkland's tape-recorded comments about his 
morning. . . . 

"After a bumpy ride over broken, junk-filled 
streets, we came out to the places where we were 
to feed the mothers and children. It was just 
beginning to dawn, and while we were standing 
there the sun came up like a huge, rose-colored 

"A few children arrived and sat down quietly. 
One of the men said that if I looked off in the 
distance — north, east, south, or west — I'd be seeing 
children and mothers coming. And they came and 
they came and they kept coming with their little 
cups, pots . . . whatever. Finally when the feeding 
began, there were over 600. 

"Each received a cup of cold cocoa and one or 
two of the wheat cakes. They looked like big 

"The mothers carrying their babies — many were 
very young — 14, 16 years of age. . . . They marry 
very young here. 

"After the feeding at that place . . . we drove 

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Photos by Clifford Bjorkland 

Daily, except Sunday, thousands of children who have no home but the Calcutta City 
Dump are fed their only meal — a cup of cocoa and a pancake. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

'The last stop was the city dump. We 
must have fed over a thousand children this 

back towards the city and stopped at various 
points where the children had collected, to dis- 
tribute more of the same. This is done every day 
except Sunday. 

"But the last stop was the city dump. Huge piles 
of refuse, mangy-looking dogs. Dust. Filth. Dirt. 
Smell. The stench filled one's nostrils and stayed 
with me even when I got back into the city of 

"From over the hills of dirt and dung and debris 
of the dump, the children came running with their 
baskets on their heads. They rummage through 
the debris to find bits of unburned coal and little 
scraps of wire and metal which they might sell. 
These children are so pathetic-looking, you cannot 
believe it. Rags — terrible rags — and yet smiling 
through it all. Unbelievable. Very dusty — but 
there in the filth and the dirt we fed another large 
number of children. In all, we must have fed over 
a thousand this morning. 

"As I saw all these children lined up, I asked 

my friend, 'How do you make sure that each one 
gets something and some don't get double or 

" 'Oh,' he said, 'we come to know them. We have 
to watch very carefully because they change their 
facade as quickly as they can. First they'll have 
a shirt on, then they'll run down the line and they 
won't have a shirt on. They'll tuck the food under 
their belt or hide it in their wrap-around or 
whatever.' " 

Cliff concludes: "Everybody wants a little more. 
And I suppose when it comes right down to it, 
that isn't at all different from people in America. 
We all want a little more." 

This dump-feeding program in Calcutta is a 
World Relief Commission supported program. 
Another example of how our Brethren World 
Belief dollars are used effectively to express love 
and concern for those with little food and meager 
opportunity. The over $25,000 given by Brethren 
annually to WBC is put to excellent use. 

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It's Time for Stealing" 

Picture a Brethren pastor preaching an evening 
evangelistic sermon, when suddenly someone in 
the congregation stands up and announces, "You 
must stop preaching now. It's our time for stealing 
tonight and we must go." 

That's exactly what happened unexpectedly to 
Paul Munshi (an outstanding Bengali Christian 
leader, with whom I traveled and ate in Bangla- 
desh last February). 

Paul objected to the thieves' going, but they 
said it was their only means for survival. It was 
their opportunity to take revenge on the so-called 
civilized society which they felt had treated them 
like animals. 

There was nothing else Paul Munshi could do — 
at the moment. But as head of the Christian 
Service Society (the World Relief Commission 
counterpart agency in Bangladesh), he kept in 
close touch with these 73 families of notorious 
thieves and murderers in an area called Kotalipara. 

He told them that because God had made all 
people, they were all brothers and sisters; that 
because he was a Christian and Jesus had died 
for them all, he didn't hate them like others might. 
Paul assured them that they would receive respect 
and honor like any other human being, would be 
able to support themselves with a dignified pro- 
fession, and would become loyal and good citizens 
of Bangladesh — if only they would follow his 

They accepted this challenge of love and imme- 
diately organized an agricultural cooperative under 
the direction of Paul Munshi and friendly Chris- 
tian field workers who live right with the people. 
Munshi writes, "We help them to cultivate their 
land and I advise our fieldworkers to stay at their 
home, eat with them, work with them, and be 
friendly. This has had a tremendous effect on these 
people. They became conscious of their growing 

(continued on page 33) 

February 1977 


world relief 

Give with Confidence 

"The brooding despair of homeless refugees stares at you from the TV set. Pic- 
tures of little living skeletons with pleading eyes remind you that in this country 
we have too much to eat while many in the rest of the world have too little. Your 
heart is touched. From deep inside you groan: 'I wish I could do something!' You 
reach for your checkbook. 

"Then you have second thoughts. You want to be sure your dollars will get to 
the people who need help and not to support topheavy overhead or revolutionaries 
in a Third World country. You also want to invest it where there will be eternal 
dividends, where the whole man is ministered to. 

"The World Relief Commission is one of the evangelical caring agencies that will 
use your money the way you want. ... By co-operating with evangelicals on the 
field, a high degree of integrity, efficiency, and economy is assured, with about 90 
percent of a dollar going overseas in the form of funds, food, equipment, material, 
or personnel." 

These preceding words by Mrs. Everett (Lillian) Graff am — along with the 
accompanying reports on these pages — remind us that we have effective channels 
through which we can aid areas hit by disasters around the world. 

When the newspapers and television report a disaster, you may help by earmark- 
ing your gift for that certain need and sending it to our treasurer, George Kerlin 
(1318 E. Douglas, Goshen, Indiana, 46526). 

You don't need to wait until a special appeal or report appears in the Evangelist 
or is mailed to pastors. Because of what you know about WRC, you can "give with 

Phil Lersch, Chairman of the 
Brethren World Relief Board 



May 1976 — Famine still stalks Ethiopia, the result of serious lack of water in one 

part of the country — and too much in other parts. v 

Kallafo, a farming town located on a riverbank, dug out silt and mud left by a 
raging flood caused by torrential rains in the mountains. Their grain, crops, and 
total means of livelihood were destroyed. 

Three Sudan Interior Mission personnel located in the town took refuge on top 
of a hill. They spent four days and nights waiting for the water to subside. The 
World Relief Commission allocated $10,000 to assist SIM missionaries in bringing 
emergency aid. 

This emergency aid became part of an ongoing program. Too little water has 
brought starvation in Asmara where SIM/WRC relief feeding programs care for 
400 to 600 people daily (except Sunday). Two-thirds are children. Many parents 
send their children, but will not come themselves because it is against their custom 
to accept a free meal. "Injerra," a flat bread made from millet and other grains, 
has a spiced sauce of ground peas poured over it. It is eaten with the fingers. A 
drink of milk makes this a balanced meal, probably the only one they receive. 

Before the meal is served the children sing, have a Bible story, and a prayer of 

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October 1976 — The World Relief Commission utilized disaster relief funds in respond- 
ing immediately to a telephone contact from the World Radio Missionary Fellowship 
in Quito, Ecuador. 

Up to 8,000 people were adversely affected by the extensive damage caused by 
200 earthquake tremors in Cotopaxi Province. The people were in great need of 
blankets, food, and medical help. 

WRMF personnel purchased needed supplies in Quito and delivered them by 
Rimmer Memorial Hospital medical caravans (part of WRMF's service to 

WRMF is staffed by missionaries from many evangelical denominations. Their 
best-known outreach is radio station HCJB which broadcasts the gospel worldwide 
in many different languages. Our Brethren radio work in Argentina has had a long- 
time association with HCJB, 



June 1976 — Typhoon water and winds 
brought widespread flooding over much 
of the Philippine Islands, putting some 
areas under 9 or 11 or 17 feet of water. 

The Far East Broadcasting Company 
(FEBC) reported that in the area be- 
tween Manila and their transmitter at 
Iba, Zambales, North Luzon, one of 
the large dams broke. The people had 
to be rescued from treetops and house- 

The World Relief Commission for- 
warded an initial $10,000 from their 
disaster emergency fund. FEBC, in 
turn, prepared packets containing rice 
and other food stuffs, as well as Chris- 
tian literature and Scripture portions. 
These were then distributed, each 
package containing five days' ration 
for a single person. 

July 1976 — A previous disaster agree- 
ment between the World Relief Com- 
mission and Mission Aviation Fellow- 
ship enabled MAF to get a dozen planes 
into the air immediately following an 
earthquake in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, 
on June 29, 1976. 

The MAF president received short- 
wave information from Djakarta that 
a quake in the Eastern Highlands of 
Irian Jaya had a 7.1 Richter rating and 
caused over 300 deaths. Fifteen villages, 
two airstrips, and the sweet potato 
crop were wiped out. 

He relayed the news to Dr. Everett 
Graffam, WRC's Executive Vice Presi- 
dent. The WRC/MAF crisis plan was 
initiated whereby WRC funded the 
aerial survey operation and emergency 
food distribution by MAF and local 
missionaries to meet the immediate 
needs of survivors. 

WBC Headquarters in Valley Forge, Pa. — For over 30 years, the World Relief Com- 
mission has served as the overseas relief agency of the National Association of 
Evangelicals. WRC is a legally chartered, non-profit, tax-exempt, non-endowed. 
Christian, State Department-registered voluntary agency for foreign service. 

WRC is also an official overseas relief arm of the Evangelical Foreign Missions 
Association (EFMA) and the Interdenominational Foreign Missions Association 
(IFMA). Together they have a total of 15,826 missionaries, some of which are our 
Brethren missionaries. Also included is the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF), 
a service organization designed to develop greater understanding among evangelical 
nationals around the world. It is comprised of 19 national or regional groups. 

WRC is not a mission agency but acts as a channel of Christian help and hope 
in desperately needy parts of the world. Wherever possible, it utilizes personnel and 
programs related to these missionary and national agencies. This insures a high 
degree of efficiency and economy, because all these agencies are spiritually (not 
politically) motivated to provide "food for the body and food for the soul." 

WBC, of course, is the channel through which all Brethren World Belief gifts 
are sent by our treasurer, George Kerlin. 



February 1977 



Textbooks on Trial 

a review by Fred Burkey 

Textbooks on Trial by James C. Hefley (Victor 
Books, 1976, 212 pp., $6.95). 

Every parent who wonders what his 
children are being taught in school should 
read Textbooks on Trial. Author James 
C. Hefley has highlighted Mel and Norma 
Gabler's battle to insure the selection of 
sound textbooks for use in the Texas 
public schools. The narrative of one 
"ordinary" family's fight for integrity in 
education sounds a warning for us all. 

Most parents, themselves the products 
of the public schools, are unaware of the 
sweeping changes which have permeated 
the public schools. According to Hefley, 
the aim of education is no longer to impart 
facts and knowledge. Instead, "the aim of 
the educational establishment now is to 
change the social values that have tradi- 
tionally been considered fundamental, 
fixed, permanent, or absolute" (p. 30). 
Social, economic, and biological theories 
are taught as fact. In short, the schools 
of today are not the schools we knew! 

Most of us tend to trust the local public 
schools in educational matters. (After all, 
they're the professionals . . . they know 
more about it than I do!) Few of us take 
the time to check out our children's text- 
books. For that very reason, many texts 
which advocate situation ethics, premarital 
sex, the use of vulgar four-letter words 
("reality in literature"), and socialism 
have slipped into general use. Is it any 
wonder that children's values clash with 
parental values? 

Believing their own children's texts were 
robbing them of their heritage of family, 
church, and country, the Gablers launched 
a vigorous battle for decency and truth in 
their own state of Texas in 1961. The 
effort has been long, hard, and at times 
dirty! It continues today. Advocating a 
return to the basics, the Gablers argue 

Dr. Fred Burkey is director of Christian edu- 
cation for the Brethren Church. 

The mformativ® 
report of Msi and Norma Gablers 
ongoing battfe to oust obiectionaWs 
textbdoSts frore pubiiC schools 
—and to urge publishers to 
produce better ooes- 


that "... our schools must not be turned 
into mass experimental centers to develop 
humanistic citizens of the future, students 
indoctrinated with predetermined be- 
havioral conclusions." 

Citing distortions of history, economics, 
and science in current texts, the Gablers 
have shown that facts are twisted to fit 
left-leaning social theories. The result is 
a changed goal of education. Whereas the 
traditional goal of education has been to 
raise the level of society, these books aim 
to level society to the lowest common 

It should be emphasized that not all 
textbooks are bad. Many are not. The 
problem is that texts are often adopted 
without being thoroughly evaluated. I 
hope that parents will investigate and 
evaluate the contents of their children's 
texts. As parents, voters, and taxpayers, 
we have the right to be heard in the 
matter of textbook selection. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Norma Zimmer 

Norma by Norma Zimmer (Tyndale House, 1976, 
368 pp., $7.95 cloth). 

This book is the autobiography of Norma 
Zimmer, beautiful, talented servant of the Lord. 
She appears regularly on Robert Schuller's "Hour 
of Power" and the Billy Graham Evangelistic 
Crusades, as well as the Lawrence Welk TV 

The cruelty and superstition of her parents is 
revealed as she tells of her childhood during the 
Great Depression of the thirties. It is no wonder 
that she developed into a shy, self-conscious teen- 
ager. When she became a Christian, she was aided 
by vocal teachers, her church choir director, her 
own determination and hard work, and faith in 
God. All helped her along the way to success. 

This is a well-written book — decent and most 
enjoyable reading for any age, young teen to age 
93. (Grandma Zimmerman loved the book too.) 

— Marceal Zimmerman 

ZOth Cent-ury Slavery 

The Emancipation of Robert Sadler by Robert 
Sadler and Marie Chapian (Bethany Fellowship 
Press, 1976, 254 pp., $6.95 cloth/$2.95 paper). 

Robert Sadler was sold as a slave when he was 
5 years old, along with his 2 sisters who were 
13 and 14. His story will bring not only a lump 
in your throat but tears to your eyes. He could 
not talk very well but otherwise was very useful 
to the family who owned him. They treated him 
cruelly, until he escaped at the age of 14. What 
makes this story different than most of the books 
about slavery, is that Robert was sold into slavery 
by his father in the state of South Carolina in 
the year 1916. 

Robert's mother and some of the slave women 
were Christians, and he learned to know Christ 

when he was a young boy. Life was never easy 
for him, even after he was free, because he was 
uneducated and colored. 

After many years and many adventures (during 
which time he did learn to read and decided to 
spend his life as a minister), Mr. Sadler settled 
in Bucyrus, Ohio, which is now his home. In 
Anderson, South Carohna, he established a mis- 
sion named "Compassion House," where he shows 
the world his love for all mankind in this town 
where he was born. 

This book is easily read and is hard to put down 
once started. I do not recommend it for children. 

— Marceal Zimmerman 

Marceal Zimmerman is bookkeeper for the 
Brethren Publishing Company. 

Winning Over Depression 

How To Win Over Depression by Tim LaHaye 
(Zondervan, 1974, 241 pp., $5.95). 

Everyone, whether they admit it or not, will 
sooner or later experience some degree of depres- 
sion. It seems to be an epidemic in our society 

Dr. LaHaye, who admits to falling into depres- 
sion a few times himself, points out that it is 
usually the result of one's attitude toward a situa- 
tion rather than the situation itself. 

One chapter gives parents guidance in helping 
their children to avoid this malady. The author 
is convinced that no one needs to be depressed. 
He leads the reader to Christ who gives the cure 
and brings pardon, peace, power, joy, purpose, 
and confidence. 

Dr. LaHaye is a Christian counselor in Califor- 
nia. He has written four national bestsellers. One 
of them is his Spirit-Controlled Temperament, 
which has 250,000 copies in print. 

— Julie Flora 

For Younger Readers 

Ivan and the Daring Escape by Myrna Grant 
(Tyndale, 1976, 167 pp., $1.95 paperback). 

This book is one of a series written by Myrna 
Grant. Mrs. Grant is keenly interested in the 
plight of Christians in Russia and has done ex- 
tensive research and writing on the subject. Other 
books in the "Ivan" series are iVan and the 
Informer, Ivan and the Secret in the Suitcase, and 
Ivan and the Hidden Bible. 

The story takes place in Russia. Excitement 
begins when Pastor Kachenko (the pastor of 
Ivan's secret church) gets carted off to jail on 
false charges. At the same time the pastor's son 
Pyotr is sent to a children's home while the 
authorities try to get his mother to denounce 
Pastor Kachenko. 

Ivan seeks a new adventure by trying to help 
his friends and outwit the Moscow Secret Police. 
He works, armed only with his ingenuity, courage, 
and Christian faith. 

This series has large print and the books are 
easy to read. I would recommend them especially 
for elementary-age children. 

Peace, Love by Janet Lynn with Dean Merrill 
(Spire Books, 1973, 156 pp., $1.50 paperback). 

This book is the personal story of ice skater 
Janet Lynn — of her childhood and her belief in a 
supernatural power. 

The life of a glamorous skater was not always 
the best. Many times as she grew up she thought 
she could not go on with those seven-hour training 
sessions, the tension-fraught competition, and her 
own heartbreaks. All she wanted was the life 
of a normal teenager. But that supernatural 
power, Jesus Christ, knew what was best for her 
and continued to give her strength. 

God has used Janet Lynn to show many people 
that Jesus can bring happiness into your life, if 
you will just let him. 

This book would be enjoyed especially by teen- 
agers. It made a great impact on me. 

— Valerie Rowsey 

Valerie Rowsey is a freshman at Ashland Junior 
High School. 

February 1977 





B^ew Anders©!^ film released 

The "Passover Plot," a movie portraying Jesus 
as a dedicated man who plotted his own cruci- 
fixion, received comment from Roman Catholic 
Joseph Pollard. 

He said, "It is beautifully photographed. It is 
well-cast. It has relatively little violence. And no 
sex. But it is a lie." 

The Rev. Pollard is communications director 
of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. His comments 
appeared in Twin Circle, a national Catholic 

* * * 

"Held for Ransom" is a new Ken Anderson 
Films release. It is the story of the 1974 kidnapping 
of Eunice Kronholm, wife of a St. Paul banker. 

According to Bruce Lood, the film's director, 
the film makers avoided the usual fictionizing 
characteristic of films of this nature. "We wanted 
to come as near as possisble to the events as they 
actually happened," he said. 

The 90-minute film is available from Ken 
Anderson Films, Winona Lake, Ind., for a $46 
rental fee. 

* * * 

The nation of Israel will not allow Danish film 
maker Jens Joergen Thorsen to produce a porno- 
graphic movie on Jesus in that country. 

Mr. Thorsen has already been refused permis- 
sion to film his controversial "Love Life of Jesus" 
in Denmark, Sweden, France, and Italy. 


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Glenn Grumbling shares his 
thoughts on II Peter 3:10-1 I. 

"Seeing then that all these things shall be dis- 
solved, what manner of persons ought you to 
be . . . ?" II Peter 3:11 

In II Peter 3:10 Peter prophesied the com- 
plete destruction of all of man's great achieve- 
ments in science, education, and industry. Then 
in verse 11 he posed the question, "What 
manner of persons ought you to be?" 

He may well have put the question this 
way — "In what would you be investing?" No 
one wants to invest in something that is going 
to be a loser. We infer from Peter's statement 
and question (vv. 10 and 11) that it would be 
a lost cause to invest in the things of this earth 
which are destined to be destroyed. 

The Apostle Paul also showed the importance 
of investing in eternal projects. He exhorts us 
to "set your affection on things above, not on 
things on the earth. . . . When Christ, who is 
our life, shall appear then shall ye also appear 
with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:2 and 4). 

In the parable of the rich man in Luke 12:15- 
21, our Lord likewise warned us not to center 
our lives on the things of this earth. Again the 
reason is because the earth and its things are 

Christ contrasted the Christian attitude with 
the world attitude in Luke 12:30 and 31: "For 
all these things do the nations of the world 
seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye 
have need of these things. But rather seek ye 
the kingdom of God; and all these things shall 
be added unto you." As the Christian seeks 
God's kingdom, he devotes himself to God's 
means of grace; that is, prayer, study, tithing, 
and so forth. 

We Brethren strongly profess to believe the 
Bible and to know, love, and serve God. We 
should measure our belief by our stewardship. 
Where are we going that is more important 
than the service of prayer and Bible study in 
our church? What are we doing that is more 
important than being a positive witness for 
our Lord and His church? What is so essential 
in our lives that we must use God's tithe to 
buy it? 

Brethren, what significance will the things 
that we do, the things that we say, the activities 
and places where we spend our time, and the 
things that we buy have when Christ comes 

Glenn Grumbling is pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Waterloo, Iowa, and a member of 
the General Conference Stewardship Committee. 


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church growth forum 

by Arden GilTner 

Seasonal Responsiveness 

What should be our attitude toward the 
"Christmas and Easter Christian"? Arden 
Gilmer offers an answer. 

We've all heard the stale jokes about people 
who are very "regular" in their church attendance. 
They come regularly every year on Christmas 
and Easter. Sometimes we even hear of a pastor 
on Easter Sunday morning wishing the congrega- 
tion a "Merry Christmas" with the explanation 
that he doesn't expect to see some of them back 
in church until next Christmas. He doesn't know 
that most of the time what you expect is what 
you get. And in the process he has abused Easter. 

Wouldn't it be better to use Easter for the glory 
of the Lord? This can be done by setting a pos- 
itive emphasis for the whole Lenten season which 
will encourage church attendance by both the 
Christian and the non-Christian. 

During the Easter season non-Christian people 
are probably more responsive to invitations to 
attend church than during any other time of the 
year. We Christians should make wise use of this 
responsiveness by doing everything in our power 
to attract them. High quality, attractive program- 
ming which gives birth to positive feelings is 
absolutely essential during this time. The people 
of the church should be constantly encouraged 
to invite their friends, neighbors, relatives, and 
working companions to the services. 

Attendance goals should be set! They should 
be well publicized every Sunday during the four 
to six weeks leading up to Easter. Every available 
instrument of communication should be used to 
inform the entire congregation of the goals. News- 
letters, bulletin announcements, bulletin inserts, 
pulpit announcements, Sunday School class an- 
nouncements, and special mailings should be used 
to build a sense of expectancy about reaching 
the goals and to enlist members to actively invite 
others to attend. A special mass mailing especially 
designed to communicate to non-Christians where 
they are is also an excellent means of community 
outreach during the special Easter season. 

Here's what happened in one church which was 
challenged to use Easter to attract people to Jesus 
Christ and His church. They set special attendance 

Arden Gilmer is director of home missions for 
the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 

goals for Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and the 
Sunday after Easter. The previous year their 
attendances had been 185 on Palm Sunday, 245 
on Easter and 180 the Sunday after Easter. Their 
goals for this year were 220 for Palm Sunday, 
270 for Easter, and 220 for the Sunday after 
Easter. The goals were well publicized for the 
entire month prior to Palm Sunday. Everyone was 
encouraged to invite non-Christians to the services. 
Inactive members were contacted and invited to 

Are people responsive to Jesus Christ during 
the Easter season? The results in this church 
reveal that they are. On Palm Sunday their 
attendance was 267 — 82 more than the year before. 
The Easter Sunday attendance was 301 — 56 more 

'God uses the Easter season to create 
responsiveness in people's hearfs." 

than the year before. The Sunday after Easter 
attendance was 229 — 49 more than the year before. 
The average attendance for those three Sundays 
increased 31 percent over the average for the 
same three Sundays the year before. 

God has given us the greatest of all miracles in 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a miracle 
which attracts people, because it is full of life. 
We Christians must not fall into the trap of 
putting people down because they attend church 
during the Easter season. Instead, we need to be 
faithful to our Lord to encourage their attendance, 
to reach them with the gospel at that time, and 
to pray for their conversion and growth in a new 
life in Christ. 

Your church still has time to set some goals for 
this year's Easter season. Set them with confi- 
dence, knowing that God uses this special season 
to create responsiveness in the hearts of people. 
Develop concrete plans and programs to reach 
the goals. Actively use this season to reach people 
for Jesus Christ. 

February 1977 


auxiliary programs for march 

30 Signal Lights Program 

3 I SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 

32 Sisterhood Program 



signal lights 

written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: Walking with Jesus 

In Samaria 

One day Jesus and His disciples were traveling 
from Jerusalem to Cana. They had been walking 
a long time in the hot sun. 

They came to a well near the village of Sychar 
in Samaria. 

"Let's stop here to rest," said Jesus. 

"First let's go into Sychar to buy some food," 
suggested one of the disciples. 

"That's a good idea," agreed the others. 

"I'll wait for you here," said Jesus. 

As Jesus rested by the well a woman came from 
the village. She was carrying a clay water jar 
on her head. She stopped at the well to fill the jar 
with water. 

"Please give me a drink of water," said Jesus. 

The woman was surprised when Jesus spoke. 
In that country men did not usually speak to 
women outside the home. Besides that, Jewish 
people were not friendly to Samaritans. 

"Why are you, a Jew, asking me, a woman of 
Samaria, for a drink of water?" said the woman. 

"If you knew who I was you would ask me for 
living water," Jesus replied. 

"Oh," laughed the woman, "you don't have a 
bucket or a rope. This well is very deep. How are 
you going to get water?" 

"Whoever drinks this water," said Jesus, "will 
get thirsty again. But the water I give is like 
a spring of water inside forever." 

"I want that kind of water," said the woman. 
"Then I won't have to come to this well anymore." 

"I'm not talking about this kind of water," 

explained Jesus. "I'm talking about faith in God 
which will be with you and help you everyday." 

Jesus and the woman talked awhile longer. Then 
the woman ran back to the village. 

"Come to the well," she said to everyone she 
met. "A man is there who told me everything I 
ever did. He must be the Savior." 

People hurried from Sychar to the well. They 
listened to Jesus. 

"He is the Savior," many said. "We believe be- 
cause we have heard Him ourselves." 

—Based on John 4:3-42 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

No Answer 

Eight-year-old Mai Dee placed flowers in the 
vase by the idol. Then she knelt down and prayed, 
"Please make my father well." 

After her prayer Mai Dee took a bowl of rice 
and broth to her father. He had been sick for a 
long, long time. 

Mother worked in a factory to earn money to 
buy their food and the other things they needed. 

(continued on next page) 

Memory Time: 

"Whoever drinks of the water I shall give him shall never thirst. 

— John 4:14a 


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General Secretary's Notes 

Introducing Our President 

Dear Girls, 

Greetings and love through Jesus Christ. I am 
so glad to have this opportunity to write to you. 
For those of you that do not know me, my name 
is Linda Zerbe and I'm serving as the National 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha President for 
this year. 

I hve in a small north central Indiana town, 
Peru, which is known as the "Circus Capital of 
the World." I'm a member of the Loree First 
Brethren Church, and I've been active in Sister- 
hood since I was nine years old. 

In 1973 I graduated from Maconaquah High 
School with a major in business. During the 
summer after my graduation I served as a 
Summer Crusader on the Mission Action Team I. 

After General Conference in August, 1973, I 
started on the greatest adventure of my life. I 
traveled to our home mission field at Lost Creek, 
Kentucky. For two years I worked in the business 
office at the Riverside Christian Training School. 
The Lord truly does bless us when we are in the 
center of His will. 

Upon the completion of my second school year 
at Lost Creek, I returned home and enrolled in 
the Indiana Business College with a major in 
bookkeeping. I graduated from college in May, 
1976, just in time to start planning for my second 
year as a Summer Crusader. 

Our team spent seven weeks at Camp Bethany 
working with the camp kids from all over the 

state of Ohio. In September I started my new job 
as a secretary for a new and used car dealer. Now 
that should bring us up to the present. 

From what I have written so far you may get 
the impression that things have always been 
rosey for me, but I've had many trials along the 
road of life. I just praise the Lord for every trial 
that comes my way. It says in James 1:2-3, "Be 
happy, for when the way is rough, your patience 
has a chance to grow." I get so excited when I 
think about what James is saying here, so each 
day I try to help my patience to grow. 

This past year at General Conference I was 
elected National S.M.M. President, and I'm glad 
I can serve God and my church in this way. I 
hope through this letter you have gotten to know 
me better. I only wish it were possible for me 
to visit each Sisterhood group, but I know this 
is humanly impossible. We can only be close to 
each other through our prayers for one another. 

I would surely like to hear from you. If you 
have any suggestions on how to make Sisterhood 
better, or if you have any ideas for the 1977 
General Conference Sisterhood program, I would 
like to hear about them. My address is 254 1/2 East 
Canal, Peru, Indiana 46970, and I'll be waiting 
to hear from some of you. 

Please pray for me and the other national 
officers as we work together to make Sisterhood 
a better organization. 

Love to all of you through Jesus Christ. 

— Linda Zerbe 

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Signal Lights Program 

(continued fronn page 30) 

Mai Dee could not go to school. She had to stay 
home with Father. She could not play with the 
other children after school. She needed to do the 
housework. Mother was very tired when she came 
home after her long day at the factory. She de- 
pended on Mai Dee to have most of the work at 
home done. Mother would bathe Father and fix 
their evening meal. 

Mother knew Mai Dee wanted to go to school. 
"When Father is better, you will go to school 
again," she promised. 

She was sorry her young daughter had little 
time to play. "When Father is better and I no 
longer need to work in the factory, you will play 
with your friends every day," she told Mai Dee. 

So each day Mai Dee prayed to the idol that 
could not see nor hear. Each day she prayed to 
the idol that could not answer her prayer. 

One day she heard her friends calling, "Mai 
Dee, a storyteller is here! Come and listen to him!" 

Mai Dee looked at Mother, who had just gotten 
home from work. 

Mother nodded, "Run along, Mai Dee. When you 
come back you can tell the story to Father and 

"Jesus is God's Son," the storyteller was saying 
when Mai Dee joined the group. "He can do won- 
derful things." 

Mai Dee heard how Jesus healed the sick when 
He was on earth. She heard that He loves us and 
wants to help us. She heard that He answers 

That evening after Mai Dee told Father and 
Mother about Jesus she asked, "Will our idol be 
angry if I pray to Jesus?" 

"We are told he will be," said Father. 

"But he hasn't answered my prayer," reminded 
Mai Dee. 

"Maybe we should find out more about Jesus," 
suggested Mother. Father nodded. 

"The storyteller will be back tomorrow," said 
Mai Dee. "I will ask him to come to the house. 
Then he can tell us how to pray to Jesus." 

(continued next month) 

February 1977 



prepared by 
RoTYiayne Flora 

We believe that we shall be saved through the grace 
of the Lord Jesus . . ." Acts 15:11 (RSV) 

Saul of Tarsus 

In the February study of Acts 9, we came to 
the story of the conversion of Saul, the persecutor, 
into Saul, the missionary. Who was this man 
Saul (Paul)? We do not have too many details 
about his early life, but from his letters in the 
New Testament and the account of him in Acts 
we learn some things. The history of that period 
of time almost 2,000 years ago also sheds light 
on his life story. 

Saul was born in Tarsus, in Cilicia, one of the 
prominent cities of the world of that day. Today, 
it is just a little Tui^kish town with some of the 
old thick walls still there but crumbled. Grass and 
flowers grow from the cracks. 

The city won its fame because the enthusiasm 
of the people for learning was so great that schools 
attracted some of the greatest teachers of that 
day. There was a university there. It was a great 
city of trade, for a large river from the city went 
12 miles down to the Mediterranean Sea. There 
were people from other nations coming and going 
by ship. Cargoes of all kinds of goods went 
through the city's port. 

Tarsus was also known for its great athletic 
games. Both the Greeks and Romans were very 
fond of such contests and the winners were great 
heroes. The race course was a huge, open place 

Planning f-he Meeting 

1. Locate the places Paul and Barnabas visited on 
the maps in your Bibles, or use a larger map 
that all can see. 

2. For April, read Acts 15:36—21:14. 

3. Take your Bible to your meetings each month. 

Ed. note concerning February program — Rather 
than assigning each paragraph to a separte girl (as 
suggested in "Planning the Meeting"), divide the 
study into parts according to the individuals dis- 
cussed. Use the following as a guide: the widows 
and deacons; Stephen; Philip; Saul; Peter; Barnabas; 
and James. We regret that subtitles were not included 
and apologize for any confusion this may have 

like a theater with seats built up stadium fashion. 
East of the city a great building, the gymnasium, 
was where young men 16 to 18 years of age were 
taught nothing but athletics. Other parts of their 
education came later. We have reason to believe 
that Saul did not have this kind of training. There 
was also a great open-air theater built to accomo- 
date thousands of people. Row upon row of lime- 
stone seats were filled for plays, music, and poetry 
readings. So you see, Paul did not come from a 
small, secluded village. 

However, we must suppose that Saul did not 
participate in these Greek and Roman activities 
because his parents were devout Jews and he was 
raised in a very religious home. Until five years 
of age he was taught by his mother, who probably 
told him over and over the stories of the heroes 
of past Jewish history — the stories we find in 
the Old Testament. At five years Saul would have 
been taken to the synagogue school where he was 
taught Hebrew (the religious language) and 
Greek (the everyday language). 

At age 13 he went through the Jewish cere- 
mony of manhood. Until this time he had sat in 
the balcony of the synagogue for worship services 
with his mother and other women and children. 
After he was declared a "man," he sat with his 
father down on the main floor of the synagogue. 

During these young years Saul learned the trade 
of a tentmaker. It was required of every Jewish 
boy that he learn a trade. The tent cloth was a 
heavy felt-like cloth woven from goat's hair. It 
made good, sturdy tents and is still used by some 
of the wandering tribes of people of the Middle 

When Saul had completed the training in the 
synagogue school where the textbook was the 
Old Testament, he was ready for "higher learn- 
ing." The method of teaching then was by class 
repetition. This method is still used in Arab 
schools in Israel and Jordan, where the children 
repeat the lesson aloud over and over until it is 
learned. Saul was sent to Jerusalem to the school 
of a great rabbi (teacher), Gamaliel. There he 
spent several years in intensive study and finally 
became a rabbi himself. 

And so it is in Jerusalem that we first meet 
him at the stoning of Stephen. As we move 
through the book of Acts, we will learn more 
and more about him, as a man and as a 


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The First Missionary Journey 

Acts 13:1—15:35 

In our study for this month we should begin 
with Acts 12:25. (Read). Reread Acts 11:27-30 to 
find the reason for the trip to Jerusalem by 
Barnabas and Saul. In 12:25 we are introduced 
to John Mark, a relative of Barnabas. 

Chapter 13 begins with the names of leaders of 
the church at Antioch. One of them, Manaen, had 
been a member of the court of Herod Antipas. 
(It was that Herod who had John the Baptist 
beheaded.) Those men were called "prophets and 
teachers." "Prophets" were wandering preachers 
who devoted their lives to listening for God's 
word and then took that word to people. "Teach- 
ers" were men in the local church whose duty it 
was to instruct the converts in the faith. 

In Acts 13:9 "Saul, who is called Paul" deals 
with a "magician." Not a magician as we know 
them today, but a false prophet. Saul was Paul's 
Jewish name and Paul his Roman name. From 
this time on through the Acts Paul preaches a 
great deal to Gentiles and so from here on he is 
called Paul. 

Follow Paul and Barnabas and John Mark on 
their trip to Cyprus and into Galatia by finding 
the places on the map. Perga — did Paul preach 
there when they landed? What did John Mark 
do at Perga? People since that time have tried 
to find out why John Mark made the decision to 
return home. Luke chose not to tell us. 

Antioch of Pisidia gave the missionaries quite 
a reception. But Jews who did not like the teaching 
about Jesus made trouble, so Paul and Barnabas 
moved on to Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe. Read 
Acts 14:8-18. The oxen would have been white 
with gold-painted horns and garlands of flowers 
about their necks. Sacrifice to "gods" is still prac- 
ticed among heathen tribes who have not heard 
of Jesus. Something else happened at Lystra. Read 
Acts 14:19, 20. What a man Paul was since he 
had given his life to Jesus Christ! Stoning could 
not stop him so on his way back to Antioch 
he and Barnabas returned to visit the cities where 
they had preached. 

Troublemakers from Jerusalem had come to 
Antioch and were teaching that a person had to 
obey a lot of rules and "do things" in order to 
be saved. Christ had taught, and Paul was preach- 
ing, that salvation came through belief in Jesus 
Christ and his death. 

So Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem. The 
leaders of the church there said it was not neces- 
sary to "do things" in order to be saved. But a 
saved person will try to do the things Christ taught 
because of love for Him. They wrote a letter to 
the church in Antioch telling them their decision 
and sent it by Judas (not the one who betrayed 
Jesus) and Silas. These men went with Paul and 

Barnabas back to Antioch. (Silas will be in further 
stories of Acts.) Acts 15:35 says that the two 
missionaries stayed in Antioch for a time and 
taught and preached. 

"Ir's Time for Stealing" 

(continued from page 23) 

self-respect, decided not to steal, and assured us 
of our security in that area, even guarding us 
when we carry some cash." 

Such attitudes and patterns of living are the 
results of great change. Paul reports that many 
had been charged for over 40 murder cases ; others 
are blind because their eyes were plucked out as 
a punishment for theft. But that is different now 
because they have been affected by the gospel — 
as expressed by the World Relief program of 
WRC . . . food for the body and food for the soul. 
They are taking great pride in becoming inde- 
pendent instead of demanding. 

Last summer Paul Munshi went to Kotalipara 
to find out how he could help the affected people. 
When he came near the village of these former 
thieves, his speed boat was stopped by water- 
hyacinth and couldn't move an inch. The people 
came running from the village and six of them 
jumped into the river and pulled the boat about 
a quarter mile. It was a herculean task; they were 
half -dead; but they didn't give up. One of them 
was a blind man! 

Sitting in the boat with his wife and two sons, 
Paul couldn't hold back his tears. And he prayed 
(according to his written report), "O Lord, bring 
me more close to Thy bleeding heart and nearer 
to Thy cross that I may fully and totally identify 
myself with the suffering and rejected humanity 
for whom you have given your all." 

Unfortunately, hailstorms more recently have 
caused serious crop damage to these people, as 
well as at WRC's large agricultural programs in 
Dacope and another newer project at Kotalipara. 
But in all three areas WRC offered a ration of 2 
pounds of rice per day per family through food- 
for-work programs. Distribution of emergency 
food and drinking water continued through the 
summer months and on into the fall. 

We can be thankful for the significant ministry 
our money, concern, and prayers assist through 
the World Belief Commission. Without their con- 
tact with a meaningful expression of the gospel 
of Christ, the thieves would still be reaping the 
results of their "time for stealing" . . . and all of 
the degradation that produces. 

February 1977 



What Are Your Children Learning? 

Editor-in-chief John 
question for parents. 

Rowsey asks a vital 


S the public school system a lost cause? 

In a recent meeting I heard Norma 
Gabler speak about textbooks in our public 
schools today. Mrs. Gabler and her hus- 
band Mel have been deeply involved in 
the battle to oust objectionable textbooks 
from the Texas schools. She is the subject 
of a new book Textbooks on Trial (re- 
viewed elsewhere in this magazine). 

Recent newsstories have reported the 
fight to ban certain textbooks in West 
Virginia. Mrs. Gabler tells about these 
confrontations also. I understand one 
newspaper ad which was used in West 
Virginia containing excerpts from text- 
books for elementary children was refused 
for publication in another state as being 
unfit for a family newspaper. Situation 
ethics, premartial sex, violence, and dis- 
torted history all seem to be a part of 
books from grade school through high 

A newspaper article that just crossed 
my desk tells of a high school history text 
that omits the Pilgrims from "The First 
Americans" but contains minority group 
emphasis. Lest we think the problem is 
only in America, another article told of 
a Toronto mother discovering four-letter 
words among her 15 year old son's list of 
words to make into sentences. 

Good texts lacking 

Evidently good school texts are just 
not available. Dr. Paul A. Kienel, execu- 
tive director of the California Association 
of Christian Schools, says one of the great 
needs in the schools he represents are 
good texts, especially in the area of social 
science. (Interestingly, I just read that 
McGuffey readers are still published and 
used in some schools in 31 states.) 

What seems to be the problem? Are 
most parents "too busy" to check out their 
children's textbooks? Do we accept the 
school text as authoritative without ques- 

tioning? Have we left the field, without 
resistance, to the special interest groups 
to mold the moral standards of our 

Some feel the answer is to establish 
the network of privately-owned Christian 
schools. The teaching and texts used can 
be more easily controlled in such schools. 
Children in the Christian school don't have 
to be in the "front line" in the battle for 
the minds of future generations. 

But what happens when the product of 
the Christian school confronts the product 
of the public school? What is our respon- 
sibility as Christians to society as a whole ? 
Do we lose our right to speak on what is 
taught in the public schools if we remove 
our children from these schools? Or does 
it matter? 

Since our return to the United States, 
my children have attended the same school 
system from which I graduated. I have to 
admit that I know very little about what 
is being taught in this system today, out- 
side of occasional contact while helping 
with homework. 

We now have a Christian elementary 
school here in Ashland and a Christian 
high school in Mansfield. Perhaps others 
have been more aware of problems in our 
local schools than I. 

I personally know that there are Chris- 
tian teachers in the public schools and 
that they do have opportunities to witness 
to their Christian faith. And I did listen 
to the eighth and ninth grade musical 
groups from the public schools sing re- 
peatedly of Christ during their Christmas 
concert . . . and to a full auditorium. 

What has been your experience with 
your local schools? I really would like to 
hear from you. Do you feel the Christian 
school is the answer? Or should we stay 
in the public school and fight for what 
is right? 

Write me: John Rowsey, 524 College 
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Waters Brethren Church are 
seeking new ways to reach out 
and to maintain close relation- 
ships within. Turn to page 4 
for their story. 

Vol. 99. No. 3 


March 1977 

4 Would You Buy a Used Car from This Man? 

Fred Finks tells how the Winding Waters Brethren Church is 
reaching out to its community. 

7 Good News for Everyone! 

Are new translations heretical? Eugene Nida describes how 
translators provide the Good News in modern terms without 
sacrificing accuracy. 

10 Responsible in My Corner 

Mickey Mellinger helps us reassess our values in light of the 
energy crisis. 

21 Sledding 

Henry Bates presents a lesson he learned on a hillside. 

Brethren Church Ministries 
12 Missions 

World Missions, 1977: "By All Means Save Some"; Obstacles 
and Opportunities; Just the Beginning; Growth toward 

22 Christian Education 

Missionary Interns Selected; Youth Week 1977; Evangelistic 
Mobile Equipment; Educational Resouces for Your Church. 

18 Update 

"Pie in the Eye" at Falls City; Gas Shortage Affects National 

26 Books 

Dynamics of Evangelism. 

27 As I See It 

Trustees Respond to Crisis. ' 

29 Chureli Growth Forum 

Where Are We Going? 

30 Auxiliary Programs 
34 Editorial 

False Alarms! 

March 1977 

Af Winding Waters they're asking 

Would You 

A Used Car 

This Man? 

by Fred Finks 

THAT is precisely what we asked over 
400 families by mail. The letter went 
on to say, "We sure hope not! Because for 
one thing, he doesn't sell used cars, and 
another, he's our pastor." 

No, I haven't gone into the used car 
business. This is an example of how we've 
been using creative advertising to get the 
attention of people in the community sur- 
rounding our church. Our main concern is 
reaching people for Christ and busting the 
seams in our church walls. We want to be 
recognized as a church with open doors and 
open hearts. 

That openness factor has worked won- 
ders. In the past four years church attend- 
ance has increased over 100 percent. We 
have grown from a struggling congregation 
of 70 to a vibrant, exciting family of 160, 
with no plans to stop growing. 

We are reaching people who have never 
before set foot in a church and also "lost 
sheep." "Lost sheep" is my way of defining 
people who have given up on a church and 
stopped going. I see myself as a shepherd. 

Rev. Fred Finks is pastor of the Winding Waters 
Brethren Church in Elkhart, Indiana. 

No, Pastor Finks is not in the used car business. 
But he and his congregation are using innovative 
approaches to contacting their neighbors. 

My business is to care for my sheep and 
rescue any that are lost or hurt. We do not 
steal sheep. If someone is attending another 
church, our prayers are with them. But if 
they are not attending, we open our hands 
to reveal our concern. 

Our shepherding ministry has taken in 
many "lost sheep" — Catholic, Presbyterian, 
Methodist, Lutheran, all alike. They are 
real people with real needs. We just happen 
to care enough to feed them. We have all 
benefited from this rescue. They, in their 
new relationship with Christ. And we, in 
our fulfillment of God's call. 

Who we are 

Some people on the outside have raised 
questions as to how it all works. I invite 
them to come inside and see. We have had 
no major problems, nor do I see any arising 
in the future. Why? Because we know who 
we are. In discovering our identity here is 
what we found. 

First, we are the family of God. Our pri- 
mary reason for existence is to worship 
the living God and fulfill his call to be His 
followers. We are excited about worship 
because we serve an exciting God who 

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The members of the Winding Waters Brethren Church see themselves as the family of God. Here, 
the children of the congregation gather on the platform to listen to Pastor Finks. They, too, as part 
of the family, participate in worship. 

keeps our lives filled with surprises. Life 
is never stagnant, but alive and dynamic. 
Thus we are filled with joy in our worship. 
We often change our style and our mode, 
to add variety. Being the family of God is, 
in itself, reason for existence, for through 
this experience our lives are given new hope 
and new life to be what God has called us 
to be. 

Second, we are the body of Christ. This, 
to us, means we are responsible to one 
another. We laugh when others laugh. We 
weep when others weep. We rejoice when 
others rejoice. We are a family. 

We have probably discovered this area 
in our process of opening up ourselves to 
others. For in our growing, we have had to 
give more of ourselves to others. Let me 
explain what I mean. In a small church, 
everyone soon learns all there is about 
everyone else. Thus friendliness is easily 
come by. But in a growing church, both the 
newcomers and the present membership 
must open up and share, or else the church 
becomes cold and unfamiliar. 

We, at Winding Waters, have dedicated 
ourselves to be a growing church with a 
small church attitude. To accomplish this, 
all of us must be willing to openly reveal 

ourselves to others. It is a process of be- 
coming. It will never be completed. It must 
always occur and be spontaneous. And it 
is happening. 

Visitors welcomed 

Visiting families are being received with 
open arms and genuine concern. Recently, 
a new family visited our church. Before I 
had a chance to meet them, they had been 
welcomed by over four different families! 
My heart rejoiced. It is taking place because 
people really care. 

Yes, we are the body of Christ — healing, 
loving, reaching to one another, and grow- 
ing deeper in love all the time. 

Third, we are the great commission. 
After having rooted ourselves by getting 
to know our God in worship, and after 
having discovered our strength as the body 
of Christ, we are now ready to reach out 
to others. 

I think some people program their goals 
backwards and plan to fail before they 
even get started. They attempt the great 
commission before they have a base of 
worship and strength to receive the new 

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March 1977 

"We dare not let up one little bit. For 
one slip could mean a family lost and 

growth. You must get first things first. 
Build your base in God, and then you will 
have something to offer your new people. 

How do we approach this great commis- 
sion? First, by realizing the pastor does not 
stand alone. It is the responsibility of every 
person, every family, to do his part in the 
great commission. Kids can bring other 
kids they know in school. Men can bring 
co-workers of their jobs. Women can invite 
neighbors. Everyone can invite family and 
friends. Last year our "Win A Family" 
campaign brought in dozens of new families. 

Presently, our Women's Fellowship has 
embarked on a ministry to take baked 
goods to each new family who moves into 
our community, welcoming them and invit- 
ing them to church. 

Also, we have compiled a list of over one 
thousand names of persons in our imme- 
diate area who will receive a series of 
personal mailings. 

Door to door surveys and interviews are 
likewise a part of our responsibility to the 
great commission. 

This, then, has led us to keep on our toes. 
We dare not let up one little bit. For one 
slip or one mistake could mean a family 
lost and forgotten. 

Now, we know who we are and what we 
must do. We have set goals for this year 
and the next five — goals that will help us 
measure our success and keep us stretching 

Exciting things are happening, the great- 
est being our love for one another. In this 
past year, there has been no back-biting, 
no arguments, no hatred, no power strug- 
gles, no selfishness — just love for the 
brethren. Now let me tell you that's 

Also, plans are getting underway for the 
building of a new and larger sanctuary. 
Projected goals show a need for such a 
sanctuary in 1978. So to be prepared, a new 
advance committee. Project 78, was formed. 
They are presently meeting with an archi- 
tect and drawing up plans for this new 
sanctuary, with construction to begin in 

That's the picture of the Winding Waters 
Brethren Church. "People Caring for 
People," our new motto for 1978, sums up 
our concern. And by God's grace and 
through the strength of Jesus Christ we 
will succeed. 

Visitors at the Winding Waters Brethren Church are welcomed with open arms and 
genuine concern. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Good News 


Are new translations heretical? Eugene 
Nida describes how translators provide the 
Good News in modern ternns without sacri- 
ficing accuracy. 

A translation of the New Testament sell- 
ing more than 50,000,000 copies in less 
than 10 years — a blind man attacked and 
robbed for distributing it — denounced by 
some people as the "masterpiece of the 
devil" yet praised by a newspaper editor 
as "the most readable of existing English 
translations"! All that is news. Most im- 
portantly it is Good News. 

Both praised and denounced, understood 
and misunderstood. Good News for Modern 
Man, the New Testament title for Today's 
English Version, has simply experienced the 
treatment accorded almost all widely dis- 
tributed translations. Three hundred and 
fifty years ago the translators of the King 
James Version were roundly denounced by 
many as having capitulated to the theo- 
logical whims of their patron. King James 
the First of England. Some 50 years elapsed 
after its publication before this version was 
generally accepted by the English-speaking 
world. Such reactions to new translations 
of the Bible are typical because people so 
often resist change, especially in matters 
of religion. For many persons, to change the 
words of the Bible is tantamount to heresy. 
They do not realize that what is really 
changing is their own language, and that in 
order to preserve the meaning of the 
original message, the form of language 

Dr. Eugene A. Nida is executive secretary for 
translations for the American Bible Society. 

March 1977 

must be altered from time to time so as 
to adjust the content of the message 
to the constantly changing forms of 

The familiar can be misleading 

Even such a familiar passage as the 
opening verse of Psalm 1 in the King James 
Version can be quite misleading for many 
present-day readers: "Blessed is the man 
that walketh not in the counsel of the 
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, 
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." 
"Walketh not in the counsel" sounds to 
many persons today like "walketh not in 
the council," since in present-day English 
"to walk in the counsel of the ungodly" is 
not understood in the sense of "following 
the advice of ungodly persons." "Standeth 
in the way of sinners" seems equally 
strange, since to many people "to stand in 

For many persons, to change 
the words of the Bible is 
tantamount to heresy. They 
don't realize what is really 
changing is their own language. 

One girl, after reading some of 

Good News for Modern Man, 

exclainned: "Mommy, 

it must not be the Bible — 

I can understand it!" 

the way of someone" can only mean "to 
block their path" or "to prevent them from 
going somewhere." And "to sit in the seat 
of the scornful" is a real puzzle. It can't, 
of course, have anything to do with musical 
chairs. If it means joining up with scornful 
people, what are these people scorning? 
This passage becomes so much clearer in 
the Good News Bible: 

"Happy are those 

who reject the advice of evil men, 
who do not follow the example of 
sinners or join those who have no 
use for God." 

It is no wonder that one girl, after reading 
some of Good News for Modern Man, 
exclaimed: "Mommy, it must not be the 
Bible — I can understand it!" 

Translators always persecuted 

Violence against Bible translators and 
distributors is nothing new in history. Tyn- 
dale, whose translation contributed so much 
to what later became the King James 
Version, was arrested, strangled, and 
burned at the stake for daring to render 
the message of God's Word into English. 
Before his day the Lollards, who so effec- 
tively distributed Wycliffe's translation in 
England, were systematically persecuted, 
beaten, and often killed. Yet it does seem 
strange that in our day some people should 
have reacted so strongly against Good 
News for Modern Man that they would 
threaten to kill a blind man for distributing 
this message of salvation. That, however, 
is precisely what happened to Mr. J. C. 
Broom of Gulfport, Miss. After hurricane 
Camille struck that area in 1970, Mr. Broom 
began a special effort to distribute thous- 
ands of copies of the New Testament. Al- 
though he received some threatening phone 
calls, he continued his dedicated efforts to 
put the Scriptures into the hands of more 
and more people. Then one morning, when 
he answered a knock at his front door, he 
was attacked by a man with a knife. The 

man cut Broom's shirt, broke his cane, tied 
his hands to his feet, and put a pillowcase 
over his head. After scattering his stock 
of Scriptures, robbing him of what money 
he had, and mutilating some copies of the 
Good News, he departed with this warning : 
"You were told not to give away any more!" 
Later the same man phoned, saying, "Soon- 
er or later we'll get you." 

Most distributors of Today's English 
Version, however, have had much more 
pleasant experiences. One of them ex- 
claimed: "Sharing the Good News there 
at the shopping plaza last Saturday has 
been one of the most rewarding experiences 
of my life. I would not have missed it for 
anything, especially when that lady re- 
turned to tell me, 'Those words are so 
wonderful.' " 

A "common-language" translation 

One of the principal reasons why "those 
words are so wonderful" is that they are 
so understandable, for the translation is 
produced in what is known as "the common 
language." This is the kind of language 
common to both the professor and the 
janitor, the business executive and the 
gardener, the socialite and the waiter. It 
may also be described as "the overlap 
language" because it is that level of lan- 
guage which constitutes the overlapping of 
the literary level and the ordinary day-to- 
day usage. It is essentially the same level 
of language in which the New Testament 
was first written, the so-called Koine Greek. 
The term "koine" itself means "common" 
and it was precisely this type of "common 
language" which the Gospel writers em- 
ployed to communicate their unique and 
priceless message. 

In producing a translation of the Bible 
into common language, the translators of 
the Good News Bible have employed a 
written, not a spoken style; but they have 
kept in mind the fact that far more people 
hear the Scriptures read than ever read 

One of the reasons "those words 
are so wonderful" is that 
the translation is produced 
in what is known as 
"the common language." 


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it for themselves. Hence the translators 
have constantly tried to be alert to how 
the words would sound to listeners. They 
felt that they could not afford to fall into 
the kind of mistake that, for example, 
occurs in the Revised Standard Version, 
"prophesy with lyres" (I Chronicles 25:1), 
which to the average listener would sound 
like "prophesy with liars." 

Finding equivalent meaning 

In producing the Good News Bible in 
common language the "first and central 
aim" (as stated in the principles adopted 
by the committee) has been accuracy; that 
is, faithfulness to the meaning found in 
the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic 
texts of the Scriptures. To achieve such 
accuracy it is essential that the translation 
reflect the principles of "dynamic equiva- 
lence" in meaning, for only thus can the 
translation communicate faithfully the 
message of the original writing. The prin- 
ciple of dynamic equivalence is by no means 
a new one. It was, in fact, stated most 
effectively by Martin Luther when he said : 
"Whoever would speak German must not 
use Hebrew style. Rather, he must see to 
it — once he understands the Hebrew author 
— that he concentrates on the sense of the 
text, asking himself, Pray tell, what do the 
Germans say in such a situation? Once he 
has the German words to serve the pur- 
pose, let him drop the Hebrew words and 
express the meaning freely in the best 
German he knows." 

The principle of dynamic equivalence im- 
plies that the quality of a translation is in 
proportion to the reader's unawareness that 
he is reading a translation at all. This prin- 
ciple means, furthermore, that the trans- 
lation should stimulate in the new reader 
essentially the same reaction to the text 
as the original author wished to produce 
in his first and immediate readers. The 
application of this principle of dynamic 
equivalence leads to far greater faithfulness 
in translating, since accuracy in translation 
cannot be reckoned merely in terms of 
corresponding words but on the basis of 
what the new readers actually understand. 
Many traditional expressions in English 
translations of the Scriptures are either 
meaningless or misleading. How many 
present-day readers would know, for exam- 
ple, the "children of the bridechamber" 
(Matthew 9:15) really means "the guests 
at a wedding party" or that the "bowels of 
mercies" (Colossians 3:12) is better ren- 
dered as "compassion"? 

Some people have the idea that a dynamic 
equivalent rendering of the Scriptures is 

merely a paraphrase rather than a trans- 
lation. However, Professor J. Ramsey 
Michaels, Professor of New Testament and 
Early Christian Literature at Gordon- 
Conwell Theological Seminary, writing in 
Eternity Magazine concerning Today's Eng- 
lish Version, declared: "But it is a real 
translation, in distinction from a paraphrase 
on the one hand and mere word-for-word 
transposition on the other." As a transla- 
tion the Good News Bible aims at the 
"closest natural equivalence," and this may 
very well result in certain significant 
changes in the formal arrangements of 
words. For example, there is a well-known 
tendency in the Hebrew of the Old Testa- 
ment and in the Semitic-influenced Greek 
of the New Testament to avoid direct 
mention of God. As a consequence, a literal 
translation such as "Judge not that you 
be not judged" (Matthew 7:1) leads most 
people to assume that one should not criti- 
cize others in order not to be criticized in 
turn. The context, however, indicates clearly 

A dynannic equivalent translation 
should stimulate in the reader 
essentially the same reaction 
as the original author wished 
to produce. 

that it is God who does the judging. Hence, 
by taking into consideration the Semitic 
tendency to avoid direct references to God 
by means of passive constructions, the 
Good News Bible has rendered Matthew 
7:1-2 as "Do not judge others, so that God 
will not judge you — because God will judge 
you in the same way you judge others, and 
he will apply to you the same rules you 
apply to others." 

In order to understand what a common- 
language and dynamic-equivalence transla- 
tion really is, one should also realize what 
it is not. In the first place, it is not a 
translation made up simply of short sen- 
tences and simple words; this would make 
it seem childish. If a common-language 
translation is to live up to its name, it must 
be common to both young and old alike, 
to the well-educated and to those with only 
limited education. However, a dynamic- 
equivalence translation must not be a "cul- 
tural translation," one which transposes 

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March 1977 

With the energy crisis, I must be 



Mp Corner 

Marion Mellinger reassesses her use of 
natural resources and urges us to do likewise. 

RECENTLY a poll was taken to assess 
the happiness, ambitions, worries, and 
problems of the world's inhabitants and to 
probe their attitudes toward issues of 
global concern. I was overlooked when this 
global public-opinion poll was taken. Any- 
way, my thoughts would only be an infini- 
tesimal part of attitudes and would likely 
not affect any living patterns but my own. 
Now the present peculiar threats of na- 
ture this winter have brought new worries 
about world problems, and I have some 
new concerns for my children and grand- 
children and peoples of the world. Don't 

The "Winter of 77" 

When Ohio first showed evidence of this 
cold, record-breaking year, I was not at all 
sympathetic to cries of discomfort. I re- 
torted, "Now you know what kind of 
winters we suffered in upper New York 
State." But when low temperatures and 
high winds gave us a chill factor of 45 to 
50 degrees below zero, our lives became 

The shortage of natural gas in eastern 
states created a state of conservation. Large 
industries, commercial users, and schools 
were put on maintenance level gas supplies, 
and there was a possibility of a gas shut- 

Mickey Mellinger is administrative assistant for 
the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 


off to homes. Hundreds of schools closed, 
and industries shut down. 

Snow and blizzard winds limited road 
clearance, and farmers suffered $20,000 in 
loss of cattle and destroyed milk in our 
county alone. Abandoned freight on high- 
ways created delays and shortages, and 
isolated people in these blizzard conditions 
suffered or died. 

A new trend? 

Across our great country we face new 
problems and greater threat to our well- 
being. In addition to the unprecedented 
cold in the east, there is drought in the 
west, crop loss in the south, and, in the 
east, the threat of floods to come. This is 
very sobering. 

Is this a trend toward worse times and 
shortages in the United States, or a re- 
minder of our luxuries, waste, and lack of 
compassion for other peoples of the earth? 
What about the great economic gulf that 
separates the "have" from the "have-not" 
nations? Economic privation exists in some 
areas here in America, too! 

I feel newly awakened to the stress 
factors commonly and regularly experienced 
by others. I am more sensitive to "needs" 
and more aware of suffering. I have had 
more time to think and pray. The Lord 
does sustain, and we are thankful for our 
faith and trust. 

Friends our age recall worse existences 
in the past and our being more conserva- 

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tive in those gone-by days. Having grown 
up during the "really big depression," I 
know that my life styles and habits were 
influenced by those experiences. There were 
so many ingredients to bring me to my 
present attitudes. Also, today, I feel that 
my acceptance of a responsible Christian 
stewardship greatly influences my daily 
disciplined life. I may naturally be a con- 
servative, but I must practice denying 
myself in order to help others in my world. 

Being responsible 

During our emergency in the community 
we made special effort to watch over the 
elderly and sick. We curtailed use of stove, 
water, and electrical facilities. Why can't 
I continue some of this? I hear my grand- 
mother's voice saying, "Waste not; want 

When asked to conserve natural gas, we 
went the second mile and turned our 
thermostat five degrees lower than request- 
ed for the whole weekend and enjoyed a 
"long winter's nap" as part of it. We figured 
others needed heat worse than we did. 
Other years we could plastic-wrap north 
areas of the house, pad cellar windows, and 
fill in chinks and cracks more thoroughly. 
We're enjoying soft candlelight occasionally 
and regulating window cover to derive more 
benefits from sunshine. 

We've heard families say they've enjoyed 
their children more and are enjoying play- 
ing games and doing things together. Are 
these changes in weather and supply a 

blessing in disguise? Some have said we're 
being punished in our highly "disposable" 

We've been off the fast American merry- 
go-round life for a while, but we'll have 
to face up to life and plan for a better 
future. How are we going to face the 
damage to local schools and higher places 
of education? Already they have suffered 
from previously limited budgets, and they 
have no assurance of funds to carry on. 

Do we realize the extent of damage to 
wildlife, highways, and good crops? How 
do we handle shortages and damage? Who 
is going to solve our problem of fuel limita- 
tion and shortages? Are we going to be 
taken in by the Atomic Energy Commission 
decisions and threatened by the waste from 
atomic fuel systems? 

Does my awareness of drought, shortage 
of food and fuel, and economic strife make 
me more sympathetic to others in the 
world? Am I going to do my part in produc- 
ing and refraining from being wasteful ? Do 
I realize anew how dependent we are on 
each other — am I concerned about my 

They say happiness correlates closely to 
the amount of sunshine received. I'll become 
happier, I'm certain, as summer heat pene- 
trates my "ice house," but will happiness 
erase my concern and eventually eliminate 
my doing my share? You can't bottle sun- 
shine ! ! I must determine to help in my 
corner and extend myself as much as pos- 
sible to help others in the world. 

March 1977 


"By All Means Save Some" 

Are the means for reaching the lost un- 
limited today? Ken Solomon examines this 
question for Brethren today. 

THESE words of the Apostle Paul are 
recorded in I Corinthians 9:22, They 
refer to his great life effort to identify 
with all men of all races and of all social 
classes — to be one with them — with the 
noble, motivating purpose of winning them 
for the kingdom of his Lord. 

The Brethren missionaries of India, 
Africa, Malaysia, Argentina, Colombia, 
North America, and the other areas of the 
world where God has "planted" them are 
no doubt following in the footsteps of the 
Lord Jesus and of Paul in this same 
missionary practice. 

The words "all means" grip my attention 
and cause me to go back in my thinking. 
Just what were the means at the disposal 
of the Lord Jesus, his disciples, Stephen, 
those that were "scattered abroad" because 
of the persecution mentioned in Acts 8, 
the evangelist Phillip, and the great mis- 
sionary Paul. Just what were the means 
they used that "some" might be saved? 

Means were limited 

As we search the Scriptures on this 
subject and compare the "means" available 
in those days with the "means" available 
today, we might consider them to have 
been at a considerable disadvantage be- 
cause of their limited means. Just what 
were some of the means they used? 

Well, there was the public forum, where 
an audience was always available to listen. 
And some were like the Athenians, who 
"spent their time in nothing else, but either 
to tell, or to hear some new thing" (Acts 
17:21). This was a decided advantage for 
the itinerant type of missionary activity 
carried on by Jesus and those who followed 
His example in those days. 

This means for reaching large multitudes 
of the public is not so readily available to 
the modern missionary in the heavily 
populated cities of our lands. In some cities 
it may still be a way of life and a means 
of reaching the masses through public 

Then there was the "means" of being 
heard without a public address system. 
Even in public places there existed so much 
less noise polution than in our modern 
cities. Oh, that doesn't mean they didn't 
have some noise — the braying of the don- 
keys instead of the horns of automobiles, 
the loud voices of the street venders instead 
of the barroom juke boxes of our large 
cities. But much of the public preaching 
was done in a quieter atmosphere in those 
days than would be possible in our modern 
cities of today. 

It would seem that it was even common 
to have large crowds gathered (uninvited 
guests) within listening distance of special 
banquets, and so what was spoken by Jesus 
at these was heard by a much larger num- 
ber than would be true today at a similar 
private banquet. 

The means of traveling from place to 
place were certainly limited. And what 
about the means of financing their evan- 
gelistic missionary tours? Did it ever occur 
to you to question just how Jesus could 
have an evangelistic team of at least twelve 
hardy men — each, no doubt, with a hardy 
man's appetite — touring the country for 
months without working to earn money 
toward defraying their expenses? I'm sure 
they didn't always have an invitation to 
dinner or to free lodging. And just what 
money did Judas the treasurer handle? 
What did the disciples' families live on 
after the disciples left their professions 


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to follow the Master? Some fat bank 
account due to years of frugal savings? 
I doubt it. 

I believe this is one means that is the 
same today as it was in those days. We 
read in the little remembered verses of 
Luke 8:2-3 the following revelation: "Mary 
called Magdalene . . . And Joanna the wife 
of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, 
and many others which ministered unto 
him of their substance." 

Possibly the reader will recall another 
reference to just how the ministry of Jesus 
was supported. I don't. But this is sufficient 
to reveal to us that it is the same "means" 
that we have at our disposal today. It is 
by the "substance" of all those grateful 
souls who have been marvelously liberated 
from slavery to sin in order to walk in the 
glorious freedom of the sons of God; the 
"substance" of all those called out of dark- 
ness to walk in His marvelous light; of all 
those who, after having tasted the horrible 
consequences of sin, have since then grate- 
fully experienced the delicious taste of the 
"heavenly gift." Yes, the financial "sub- 
stance" of all grateful. God-fearing, saved 
followers of the Christ is the means for 
the continuing support of the on-going 
ministry of the Lord to this very day, in 
this year of 1977. 

But in this respect we, today, can speak 
of unlimited means of financial support. 
Or can we??? We certainly can say that 
the average follower of Christ today makes 
a lot more money than the early followers 
did. And so our tithe should be much larger, 
shouldn't it? 

Unlimited means today 

We can speak of nearly unlimited means 
— advantageous means — at our disposal as 
modern missionaries to a modern world. At 
least in the area of communications we 
have far superior means due to the inven- 
tion of the telephone, telegraph, modern 
postal services, radio, TV (even by satelite), 
amplification systems, and so on. 

In the area of personnel there are so 
many, many more followers of the Christ 
today than existed even at the close of the 
Bible era. Oh, I know that the ratio of 
followers to non-followers is a significant 
factor to take into consideration. But this 
difference disappears when faced with the 
increased numbers to which each individual 
Christian may witness by using all the 
superior means at his disposal, as compared 
with the early Christians. 

Then we should mention the means of 
transportation, which make it possible for 
one missionary to travel more miles to 

contact more people in his life-time than 
was possible for all the followers of Jesus 
to do in a lifetime in Bible times. 

As we bring to a close this brief consid- 
eration of the subject of "means" we are 
impressed with the superior means that are 
available to us today (those mentioned, and 
those not mentioned but known by the 
reader). And so the disconcerting and 
uncomfortable question haunts us: Are we 
doing a better job of world evangelizing 
today with our superior means than they 
did in Bible times with their "limited" 
means? If not, why not? Could it be that 
there exists something "inferior" that hin- 
ders us today? 

Where your heart is . . . 

Jesus said: "Where your treasure is, 
there will your heart be also" (Matthew 
6:21). I sincerely believe that this is one of 
the sayings of Jesus that we can turn 
around without doing violence to the in- 
spired Word of God. I believe it is also 
scriptural to say: "Where your heart is, 
there will your treasure be also." 

Does this make you examine your spend- 
ing habits to see what your first love really 
is? It does me. Does it make you question 
whether your first love is the same as 
Jesus' first love? It does me. And, since 
this love of God has been shed abroad in 
my heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5), 
I wonder how many times I have thwarted 
its expression. Are the missionaries and 
pastors struggling with limited instead of 
unlimited means because you have not been 
as faithful in your stewardship expression 
of gratitude to Jesus as were Mary Mag- 
dalene, Joanna and Susanna? Will our 
missionary effort continue to be supported 
mainly by the female followers of the 
Christ (the Woman's Missionary Society 
groups) ? Or will we men awaken to our 
responsibility and opportunity in this new 
year with its new challenge that demands 
"all means" available? 

Rev. Kenneth Solo- 
mon is a Brethren 
missionary to Colom- 
bia. He and his family 
began the work there 
in 1973. 

March 1977 


world missions,^ 1977 

Malaysia and India 

Obsfacles and OpportunifJes 

Missionary Board General Secretary M. 
Virgil Ingraham looks at the possibilities for 
outreach in Asia. 

THE Chinese people represent the largest 
group of people unreached for Christ. 
Although Malaysia is an Islamic state, there 
are large concentrations of Chinese people 
in that country. Malaysia offers a great, 
but difficult, challenge for evangelizing the 
Chinese through a Malaysian of Chinese 
parentage. Brethren Missionary David Loi. 

David and his wife, Jenny, are located on 
Penang Island. They are using various 
means to lead responsive Chinese to Christ. 
Literacy classes in Mandarin Chinese, a 
Christian kindergarten, home visitation 
evangelism, youth meetings, gospel film 
presentations, and Sunday School and 
Church services are some of the means 
which they employ. 

The state religion in Malaysia is Islam, 
which imposes certain restrictions upon 
evangelization through public means. Even 
so, the work has been continued by the 
Lois with dedication and determination. 

This young Indian believer emerges to a new life 
in Christ. A water buffalo looks on as Vijaya 
Kumar baptizes others. 

When suitable meeting places could not be 
found, enclosed yards (and living rooms 
when raining) were secured in order to 
accommodate these groups which meet 
regularly in various parts of Penang Island. 
This has required moving all necessary 
equipment and supplies from place to place 
for the services. This has been inconvenient 
at times, but the response of children and 
young people, especially, has been encour- 

Many means must be employed to reach 
the unreached with the message of Jesus 
Christ and His salvation. This is especially 
true in a society where the state religion 
limits conventional methods of evangeliza- 
tion, as it does in Malaysia. We are thankful 
that the gospel witness continues to go out 
through our missionaries, David and Jenny. 

There is a great need to sustain and 
expand our ministry to the Chinese people. 
Our missionaries are working to evangelize 
Chinese people in Malaysia, in order that 
they too might share in the eternal, abun- 
dant life which is in Jesus Christ alone. 
Let us join together with the Lois and with 
each other in this great work of faith. 

THE door is still open in India for shar- 
ing the Christian life. This vast nation 
of more than 600 million people is under- 
going considerable change. There is a great 
need to give out the Good News while there 
is opportunity. 

The number of foreign missionaries is 
declining in India. Government restrictions 
have limited the operation of mission 
societies. Therefore, we are thankful for 
the Lord's leading which resulted in the 
organization of a national structure. This 

(continued on page 28) 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Just fhe Beginning 

"Plan Rosario" set the stage for growth In 
Argentina, as reported by Brethren mission- 
ary Ray Aspinall. 

MORE than 5,000 persons responded to 
the invitation to accept Jesus Christ 
during the Greater Rosario Crusade with 
Luis Palau, held in Rosario, Argentina, 
October 30 to November 14. The sixteen 
day crusade was a part of "Plan Rosario," 
a program designed to make mass evan- 
gelism more effective in terms of church 

The Brethren Church in Argentina played 
an important part in "Plan Rosario" during 
the past two years. One of the first meet- 
ings with local pastors and leaders was 
organized at Eden Bible Institute. Pastor 
Hector Labanca of the Amenabar Brethren 
Church aided Coordinator Edgardo Silvoso 
in setting up two luncheon meetings at 
which Luis Palau and other members of 
his team spoke to several hundred church 
leaders. When definite plans were made 
to hold the crusade, Pastor Labanca was 
elected president of the executive com- 
mittee. Juan Carlos Miranda and Ray 
Aspinall were also elected to the committee. 

A Church Growth workshop, organized by 
Silvoso, Miranda, and Aspinall at Eden 
Bible Institute in September, 1975, launched 
the plan, which included a goal of opening 
50 new churches and preaching points dur- 
ing the year before the crusade. When the 
count was made one week before the cru- 
sade began, 45 new churches and annexes 
had been started by Baptists, Nazarenes, 
Pentecostals, and Brethren. Most of these 
churches met in homes. 

These "house churches" were really the 
backbone of "Plan Rosario." They made 
it possible to channel new converts into 
Christian congregations near their homes 
and gave an opportunity for small group 
Bible study and personal attention. 

Eight new annexes were opened by 
Brethren in Rosario and surrounding com- 
munities. The Amenabar Church began 
three new house churches in various parts 
of the city under the direction of lay 
leaders. This church received a total of 
138 decision cards during the crusade. A 

combined effort by Eden Bible Institute, 
the Argentine Missionary Council, and 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
reopened a long closed location in Rosario, 
now under the direction of Victor Alles- 
sandroni, a recent graduate of I.B.E. 

Three more annexes were opened in 
Villa Constitucion. The Central Brethren 
Church hosted the satellite crusade in Villa 
and, as a result, was assigned 90 persons 
for follow-up. During the year they opened 
one new house church and are now pre- 
paring 20 for baptism. Church of the 
Redeemer, a small mission church, became 
missionary in outreach, opening two house 
churches. There are 16 new persons con- 
gregating now as a result of the crusade. 

The remaining new church is one begun 
in Canada de Gomez. The pastor, Oscar 
Vena, worked closely with Silvoso during 
the year and received help in launching 
the new church, now in a building program 
to finish its sanctuary. 

The effects of the Rosario Crusade can 
be seen in churches awakened, pastors and 
leaders excited, and the community stirred. 
And the most wonderful part of Plan 
Rosario is that it's not yet over. 





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Victor and Mabel Allessandroni helped reopen 
a closed church as part of "Plan Rosario." 

March 1977 



tvorld missions^ 1977 


Growth toward Independence 

Just as children grow to adulthood, mission 
churches also grow toward maturity. Former 
missionary Richard Winfield portrays the 
growth in Nigeria. 

TN many ways the growth of the Church 
on a mission field can be compared to the 
growth of a child. When a child is born 
he is unable to do anything for himself. 
He cannot feed, bathe, or dress himself. 
Others must do these things for him. He 
cannot walk, so someone must carry him 
about. Gradually, however, the child grows 
and develops. He learns to walk, to feed him- 
self, to talk, and, as time passes, he is more 
and more able to look after himself. It is 
many years, however, before he is full 
grown, independent of his parents, and com- 
pletely on his own. 

Mission church like child 

So it is with the Church on a mission 
field. The first missionaries go and begin 
to witness and preach. In time some people 
accept the message and become Christians. 
A Church is born. At first the Church is 
able to do almost nothing for itself. It must 
be looked after by its parents, the mission- 
aries. In time, however, the Church grows 

Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria 

Church of the Brethren 
in Nigeria 

Headquarters — Kulp Bible School 

General Secretary — Rev. Wasinda B. Mshelia 

Chairman — Rev. Ngamariju K. Mamza 

Treasurer — Rev. Karagama A. Gadzama 

Number of Congregations — 57 

Total Membership— 24,258 

Number of Preaching Points — 352 

and develops. And it begins doing many 
things for itself. But, like the human child, 
it is often many years before this Church 
is full grown and independent of its "par- 
ents" (the missionaries or the mission). 

It has been many years since the infancy 
of the Church in northeastern Nigeria — 
the Church which is now known as 
Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria. This church 
has long since passed through its infancy 
and childhood. Over the years it has 
assumed most of the responsibilities once 
performed for it by missionaries. We might 
say that this Church is now at the young- 
adult stage. We might compare it to a young 
person who is ready to establish himself 
in the world, but who, in order to do so, still 
needs counsel and financial help from his 
parents. The EYN Church does not need 
missionaries to do its work for it. However, 
missionaries can give advice and guidance, 
and the missions provide financial help so 
that the Church can carry on its work. 

During the years in which we worked 
with the EYN Church in Nigeria, we had 
the opportunity to witness an important 
period in this transition from dependence 
to independence. During the time we were 
in Nigeria, for example, the EYN Church 
hired its first full-time Nigerian general 
secretary, and the position of church treas- 
urer passed from a missionary to a Nigeri- 
an as did the position of director of evange- 
lism. Missionary influence in the executive 
committee and other boards and committees 
greatly diminished, as did their part in the 
ministers' conferences. 

The Nigerian Church leadership also 
showed its ability to make important and 
hard decisions about the future of the 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The Nigerian church has moved 
from dependence to independence 
as national leaders have been 

Church. During this time, the missionary 
staff on the field decreased drastically. This 
is as it should be. The goal of mission work 
in Nigeria, as in any place, is the establish- 
ment of an indigenous church which has 
its own leaders, makes its own decisions, 
and carries on its own work. 

Our decision to terminate our service in 
Nigeria was a part of this Nigerianization 
process. During the seven and a half years 
we were in Nigeria we spent seven years 
at Kulp Bible School. At the Bible school 
Kitty and I served as teachers, and I served 
a year and a half as principal. Later, I again 
served another year and a half as acting- 
principal during the absence of the Nigerian 
principal, who was on a study leave. I also 
served as school treasurer for a time. 

During this seven-year period we saw an 
increase not only in the number of Nigerian 
staff at the school, but also in the educa- 
tional level of that staff. At the present 
time both the principal of Kulp and the 
treasurer of the school are Nigerians. With 
our departure from the school we made way 
for the hiring of another Nigerian staff 
family, another step on the way to total 
Nigerianization of the staff. 

New role for Brethren 

Our departure from the Nigerian mission 
field means that the Brethren Church no 
longer has a missionary in Nigeria (the 
Church of the Brethren does have a few 
missionaries still working with the EYN 
Church, however). Does this mean the end 
of our denomination's participation in Ni- 
geria? No, it doesn't. 

Earlier in this article I mentioned that 

the Church still needs financial help and 
counsel. As the EYN Church has taken 
over more and more of the responsibility 
and program formerly carried by the mis- 
sion, they have been able to provide the 
man-power, but not the finances, to carry 
on this program. Hopefully, in time, as the 
Church grows stronger, living standards for 
Nigerians go up, and stewardship improves, 
they will be able to provide these finances 
as well. But during this time of transition, 
they still look to the missions for help. 

Looking ahead 

During the year ahead, our Brethren 
Missionary Board will be providing the 
support for two Nigerian church workers. 
One of those supported by our Church will 
be Rev. John Guli, who is well known to 
Brethren people, and who will be working 
in the eastern area of the Church with the 
Higi churches. The other support will go 
for a Nigerian staff family at Kulp Bible 
School. Support money will also go toward 
the program of the Church and for scholar- 
ships for two student families at Kulp. 

The Brethren participation in the work 
of the EYN Church in Nigeria has not 
ended. It is our hope that Brethren people 
will continue to give to the support of the 
work there as it is carried on by our 
Nigerian Brethren. During this period they 
also need our prayer support just as much 
as they needed it in the past. 

Therefore, let us continue to give and 
to pray for God's work in Nigeria. In this 
way we will help the Nigerian Church to 
"grow" forward on the way towards total 

March 1977 



news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

Gas shortage affects national offices 

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Staff Photo 

Ever try to type with gloves on? Benevolent Board 
secretary Beverly Sunimy found it necessary with 
the natural gas curtailments. 

Asliland, Ohio — The current gas shortage effective 
in many parts of the country has been felt in the 
national offices of the Brethren Church. 

The Brethren Publishing Company has been 
placed under a 30Vf curtailment of natural gas 
consumption. All offices in the building and the 
print shop have had the thermostats turned down 
during the week, and on the weekend only main- 
tenance levels are used. This has led to the use 
of electric space heaters in many of the offices 
and some personnel working with coats on. 

In the print shop a major difficulty has been 
encountered with the presses. At the current 
temperatures, the ink does not flow properly. 
Heat lamps are used in some cases to provide 
localized heat where needed. Difficulties have also 
been experienced in the dark room, where tempera- 
tures are more critical. 

Although the Carpenter's Shop is heated electri- 
cally, it too has had its problems due to the severe 
and prolonged sub-zero weather. One heat pump 
has been out of commission for several weeks, and 
the sewer line is frozen. Repair must wait the 
natural thawing in the spring. 

Many have been laid off in the area as indus- 
tries have run out of the gas alloted to them, but 
our offices and shop have been able to continue 
operations under these restricted conditions. 

Creation texts approved 
by Dallas school district 

Dallas, Tex. (EP News) — Trustees of the Dallas 
Independent School District have approved, for 
use as a source book, a high school biology text- 
book containing the biblical concept of creation 
and the origin of man. 

"The point in this book is that it recognizes that 
both evolution and creation are philosophical con- 
cepts or theories, and that science needs to present 
the facts and let the people make their own 
conclusions," said Bill Hunter, school board 

The textbook, A Search for Order in Complexity 
(Zondervan Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich.), was 
approved by a vote of 6-to-3, following an emo- 
tional debate that was split along racial lines. 
(White members favored the book, blacks were 
opposed, according to a New York Times report.) 

The newly approved source book was written 
by a 20-member textbook committee of the 
Creation Research Committee. This committee 
included a number of academicians from U.S. 

Urbana 76 draws student response 
to foreign missions 

Urbana, 111. (EPA)— More than 17,000 college and 
high school students attended Inter-Varsity Chris- 
tian Fellowship's triennial missionary convention, 
held December 27-31 at Urbana, 111. 

Dr. Billy Graham, Evangelist Luis Palau of 
Argentina, Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda, and 
author Elisabeth Elliot Leitch were among the 
seventeen church leaders who spoke on the con- 
vention theme, "Declare His Glory among the 

Student response to the convention included 
donations of more than $250,000 to further the 
work of evangelical student groups overseas. 
Some students signed cards indicating they were 
considering missionary work. Fifteen thousand of 
them skipped lunch on the second day, and the 
$15,000 saved was sent for world relief. 

"Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives 
us to deaden the pain of being a fool." 

— Herbert Shofield 


The Brethren Evangelist 



Pie in the eye" at Falls City 

by David Manning, Sr. 

Falls City, Nebr.— My family and I left the 
Udell, Iowa, Brethren Church the first of June 
1976 for Falls City, Nebraska. Since we came 
here, the Lord has been very good to us and keeps 
blessing our congregation. 

We believed that Falls City was ripe for the 
gospel of Jesus Christ. So in September, we started 
a 15 minute radio ministry aired each Saturday 
morning. We began reaching people 20 miles from 
Falls City, and our attendance increased. 

We started with around 50 in attendance for 
worship service and 35 for Sunday School. By 
November, our attendance had reached over 70. 

On November 14 I challenged the church to a 
pie contest — we would try to reach an attendance 
of 100 by the end of 1976. If we did, two men from 
our church (Clay Peck and James Rieger) would 
get a pie in the face; if we did not reach our goal, 
the pastor would receive the pie. 

The congregation really worked hard to achieve 
this goal. We saw increases each Sunday. By the 
first Sunday in December we had 100 in attend- 
ance. The next Sunday 114 were present, and we 
ended the month with an average of 89. 

At the same time our Sunday school increased 
to 72. And in a 30 day period we received into 
membership 10 new people. 

The day of reckoning came on Sunday evening, 
January 9. During a fellowship time after a show- 



Pastor Manning (right) did the honors when his 
church reached its goal of 100. 

ing of the film "The Enemy," the two men received 
their pies. 

Now the church is looking forward to the 
challenge of a new year. We praise the Lord for 
the blessings he has sent our way. 

Woman's Outlook mailed 
with new addressing system 

Ashland, Ohio — The Brethren Publishing Company 
reports that the March-April issue of the Woman's 
Outlook is the first issue addressed with the new 
equipment. The multi-list addressing equipment 
was purchased in November, 1975, and has been 
used for addressing the Brethren EJvangelist and 
the various newsletters published by the Brethren 
national offices. Now the Woman's Outlook uses 
this same master system. 

Mrs. Howard Mack, business manager for the 
Woman's Outlook, has reported that approximately 
30 societies have not yet turned in their 1977 sub- 
scription list, which was a prerequisite for the 
establishing of the new system. Those not receiv- 
ing the March-April issue should have the person 
responsible in their local society notify Mrs. Mack. 

Some groups did not include both husband's and 
wife's first names, which probably allowed some 
duplicate plates to slip into the system. If at some 
later date duplicate mailings are received from 
one of the national offices, notify the Brethren 
Publishing Company with the exact names on the 
various pieces received, indicating your preference. 

Ohio Conference 

of Brethren Churches 

March 12, 1977 

Memorial Union Building 

Ohio Wesleyan University 

Delaware, Ohio 

Business items: 

Set district goals and strategies 

Elect new officers and comnnittees 

Approve budget proposals 

Hear district board reports 

March 1977 



Gil Dodds, "flying parson," 
dead at 58 

Rev. Gilbert Dodds, former Brethren minister 
and famed mile runner, passed from this life on 
February 3rd, 1977. Rev. Dodds, 58, died from 
complications of a brain tumor at Delnor Hospital 
in St. Charles, Illinois. 

"Gil" Dodds was born June 23, 1918, in Reiger, 
Kanas, son of Rev. and Mrs. J. G. Dodds. He grew 
up in Falls City, Nebraska, where he became a 
member of the Falls City Brethren Church. 

After graduation from Falls City High School, 
Dodds attended Ashland College where he estab- 
lished himself as a star distance runner. At Ash- 
land Gil won numerous races and championships, 
including the National Collegiate cross country 
championship in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1940. 
He was named to the 1941 All-America track team 
and was also inducted into the Ashland College 
All Sports Hall of Fame in 1968. 

After completing Ashland College in 1941, Dodds 
continued to participate in track, competing for 
the Boston Athletic Club. In 1948, "the flying 
parson," as he came to be called, established a 
world record for the indoor mile run at the 
Millrose Games with a time of 4:05.3. That same 
year he qualified for the final Olympic trials and 
was considered the United States best hope for 
the 1,500 meter run, until an injury forced him out 
of the trials. 

Dodds rose to world fame as one of the first 
runners of his time to discard the idea that it 
was beyond human ability to run a four-minute 
mile. His style of "sprinting" the mile — attempting 
to run four 60-second quarters — caught the ima- 
gination of others and led to the ultimate breaking 
of the four minute barrier by Roger Bannister 
in 1954. 

Calendar of Events 

March 3-6 — Northern California District Confer- 
ence, Stockton Brethren Church. 

March 4 — World Day of Prayer (sponsored by 


March 12 — Ohio Conference Business Meeting, 
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. 

April 15-17 — 1977 Men's Congress, Camp Calvary, 
Angola, Ind. 

April 15-17 — Southwest Dist. Conf., Papago Park/ 
Tempe, Ariz. 

April 18-22 — NAE Washington Leadership Briefing. 

May 3-5 — Pastors' Conference at Indiana Camp 

May 8-15 — Brethren Youth Week. 

In August of 1948, Rev. Dodds retired from track 
competition to become head track coach at Wheaton 
College, where he served for more than a decade. 
From 1964 to 1965, he served as pastor of the 
Roanoke, Indiana, Brethren Church, and in recent 
years he has served as a counselor at Naperville 
Central High School. 

Over the years Rev. Dodds has had many oppor- 
tunities to present his testimony for Christ. He 
often spoke in churches, schools, to young people's 
gatherings and civic organizations. He once told 
a reporter that he felt he could make his biggest 
contribution by working with young people. 

In the mid-1940's, he was instrumental in con- 
vincing General Conference of the need for an 
organization for Brethren young people. The result 
was the formation of the National Brethren Youth 

Rev. Gilbert Dodds was preceeded in death by 
his father, Rev. J. G. Dodds, and his brother, Rev. 
Myron Dodds, both Brethren pastors. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Irma; three sons, John, Michael, 
and Joel; a daughter, Jann; his mother, Mrs. Edna 
Dodds; and three sisters. 

In Memory 

Mrs. Florence B. Miller, 69, Jan. 24. Member of 
Vinco Brethren Church. Services by Carl Phillips, 

Richard Schutz, 56, Jan. 11. Member of North 
Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church. Services 
by Woodrow A. Immel, pastor. 
Mrs. Gladys F. Gillin, 77, Jan. 7. Member of Vinco 
Brethren Church. Services by Carl Phillips, pastor. 
Mrs. Ethel M. Mishler, 77, funeral Dec. 31. Member 
of North Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church. 
Services by John T. Byler, pastor, and Edwin 

Mrs. E. Lucille Scritchfield, 72, funeral Dec. 23. 
Member of North Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren 
Church. Services by John T. Byler, pastor. 

Mrs. Gladys Imhoff, 80, Dec. 4. Member of Denver, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by George 
Hapner, pastor, and Austin Gable. 

Mrs. Ella Bertha Ullery, 82, Sept. 23. Member of 
Cumberland, Md., First Brethren Church. Services 
by Fenton Platter, pastor. Living Stone Church of 
the Brethren. 

Carl Vernon Maus, 79, Sept. 18. Charter member 
and deacon for many years of Denver, Ind., First 
Brethren Church. Mr. Maus was the last charter 
member of the church. Services by George Hapner, 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Henry Bates describes a lesson he learned on the hillside. 

During the past couple of days a number 
of youngsters have been sledding down the hill 
behind our house. It brought back a lot of 

I can remember when I was a boy, and even 
a few years ago when we were living in the 
mountains, how much we enjoyed sledding. It 
was a great sport. 

The ride down the long hills was always a 
real thrill. But then, at the bottom of the hill, 
we suddenly rediscovered an ancient truth: 
you can only coast downhill! When you reach 
the bottom, there is no more riding until you 
have climbed up again to the starting point. 

There is a great deal of truth to ponder in 
that discovery. It is true of our work. It is 
easy to let things go for a while, putting them 
off to a later date. The coasting is delightful. 

But we eventually come to the place where 
we find that we must now climb a long way to 
regain our starting place. 

This law also applies in our spiritual life. 
People who have missed services several Sun- 
days notice it is harder to get back again. The 
same is true for the person who neglects his 
personal witness for Christ. He learns that the 
more he coasts, the harder it is for him to begin 
again to fulfill the Lord's commandment to 
"go . . . and preach the gospel." 

Brethren, coasting: is always downhill, but 
the Master calls upon us to "come up higher." 
Make this a year of climbing rather than 

Henry Bates is pastor of the Wayne Heights 
Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Minister organizes TV boycott 

Memphis, Tenn. (EP News) — A United Methodist 
minister has called for a nationwide "turn the 
television off week" in order to dramatize citizen 
protest against violence and poor program quality. 
The Rev. Donald E. Wildmon announced his 
program in an open letter to his constituency. He 
called the industry's "Family Viewing" hour a 


Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth B. Jones, 54th, Feb. 23. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Sherman Provines, 60th, Feb. 10. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Roann, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul LaDow, 61st, Feb. 7. Members of 
the Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Russell Weaver, 50th, Jan. 29. Members 
of the Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Van Vactor, 55th, Jan. 17. Members 
of the Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Leidy, 54th, Jan. 3. Members 
of the Vinco Brethren Church, Mineral Point, Pa. 


Susan Haupert to Rodney Warren, Feb. 26 at 
North Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church. 
Rev. Woodrow Immel, pastor, officiating. 
Patricia Smith to John Steiner, Dec. 26 at Ashland, 
Ohio, Park Street Brethren Church. Rev. Donald 
Rinehart and Rev. Eugene Beekley, officiating. 
Members of First Brethren Church, Smithville, 

Pamela Brown to Wade Snyder, Dec. 23 at North 
Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church. Rev. John 
T. Byler, pastor, officiating. 


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christian education 


Missionary Interns Selecfed 

FOUR Brethren young people have been 
selected for Missionary Internships in 
Colombia, South America. We are proud 
to announce that Mark Baker, Joan Mc- 
Kinney, Rebecca Grumbling, and Thomas 
Keplinger will represent Brethren Youth on 
this foreign field. Following extensive lan- 
guage, cultural, and program preparation, 
they will leave the U.S.A. for Medellin 
about June 22, 1977. 

During their six weeks in Colombia, the 
interns will assist the Solomons and Logans 
in a number of evangelistic and educational 
activities. Rev. Ken Solomon has suggested 
participation in two camping programs, one 
English-speaking and the other Spanish- 
speaking; literature distribution; musical 
presentations, testimonies and sharing in 
outdoor evangelistic meetings; and prayer 
and sharing times with missionary families. 

In preparation for their field service, 
the interns are meeting weekly for language 
and cultural instruction from Mrs. Eugene 
(Peggy) Beekley, who is quite knowledge- 
able about the Colombian work. Peggy is 
an advanced student of the Spanish lan- 
guage and has visited the Brethren mission 
in Colombia several times. In addition she 
has collected many of the familiar Spanish 
choruses and songs on tape. The interns 
have also secured some music from Spanish 
publishers for use this summer. 

Before introducing the interns further, 
it should be emphasized that all are or have 
been students of the Spanish language; all 
have had some experience abroad; and all 
have served well in team ministry situations 
previously. Now, something about each one : 

Mark Baker is team leader, organizer, and 
photographer. Mark is 21 years old and 
is a senior at Ashland College, preparing 
for a pastoral ministry. He is from North 
Manchester, Indiana, and has served as 
assistant to the Director of Christian Edu- 
cation for two years. In 1974 and 1975, 
Mark served as a Summer Crusader with 

a report by Fred Burkey 

Rebecca Grumbling hopes to become a 
missionary to South America. She is 19 
years old and is from Waterloo, Iowa. Becky 
is a sophomore at Ashland College, major- 
ing in elementary education with a Spanish 
minor. Among her talents are piano and 
accordion, speech and drama. She has par- 
ticipated in a number of teacher training 
and evangelistic courses. Becky was a 
Summer Crusader in 1975 with NEW 
CREATION and visited the Colombian 
field in 1975. 

Joan McKinney is a 22-year-old native 
of Tucson, Arizona. She is a junior at 
Ashland College, majoring in religion and 
business administration with a music minor. 
She, too, has had considerable experience 
in music, evangelism, and teaching. In addi- 
tion to her other responsibilities, Joan is 
guitarist for the group. Prior to this experi- 
ence, Joan worked as a member of the UP 
WITH PEOPLE, served as a Summer Cru- 
sader (THE TWELVE and NEW CREA- 
TION), and worked as a church intern at 
Manteca, California (1976). 

Thomas Keplinger is from Washington, 
D.C. He is 20 years old and a sophomore at 
Ashland College, preparing for a career in 
elementary education or missions. Tom has 
had a variety of teacher training courses, 
camp and college choir experiences, and is 
the team athlete. He visited the Colombian 
mission in 1975. He worked with NEW 
CREATION and SONLIFE as a Summer 

We are confident that, with the prayer 
and financial support of the Brethren, this 
missionary venture will bear much good 
fruit. Progress reports will appear in the 
Brethren Evangelist and special updates 
will be mailed to interested persons. Inquir- 
ies and contributions may be directed to: 
Colombian Missionary Internship Project 
c/o Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 


The Brethren Evangelist 

staff Photo 
Missionary Interns to Colombia this summer will be (left to right) Becky Grumbling, Joan McKinney, 
Mark Baker, and Tom Keplinger. 

Youth Week 1977 

May 8-15, 1977, has been designated as 
Brethren Youth Week. The theme Equip- 
ping Youth for Ministry is a modification 
of the 1977 General Conference theme. It 
is anticipated that the Youth Week activi- 
ties will lead naturally into the 1977 General 
Conference and National Brethren Youth 

Suggestions for a special week-long series 
of events will be featured in the April issue 
of "Senior BYC Program Guidelines." 
Similar information will be mailed to all 
active pastors in late March. 

Now is the time to really work at equip- 
ping our young people. For if we are faith- 
ful to our beliefs, we will be in the main- 
stream of our times. George Gallup recently 
described 1976 as "the year of the Evan- 
gelicals." Ours is currently the "hot move- 
ment in America," according to Gallup. 
People, especially the young, are willing to 
espouse a faith that is consistent with 

The Board of Christian Education chal- 
lenges every local Brethren church to 
evaluate and strengthen the ministry to 
youth. Together we bear the responsibil- 
ity for equipping youth for meaningful 

Youth Week 

May 8-15, 1977 

Equipping Youth 
for Ministry 

March 1977 




Evangelistic Mobile Equipment! 

BRETHREN Youth groups across the 
land are attempting to raise funds for 
a sound truck for evangehstic outreach in 
Colombia, S.A. The urgency of this project 
is underscored by Rev. Kenneth Solomon's 
belief that "... we are in a time of sowing 
here in soil that has never received the 
'seed' even once. We must saturate this city 
(Medellin) with the Gospel. It is hoped 
that we might have the Evangelistic Van 
by then (summer — when the interns are 
in Colombia) so we can use their musical 
talent and testimony in nightly meetings in 
different parts of the city." 

National Brethren Youth, through their 
Convention budget, are pledged to raise at 
least $2500.00 toward purchase of the 

Evangelistic Van by August 1977. Hopefully 
we can surpass that figure! 

Included in every issue of our "Senior 
BYC Program Guidelines" are ideas for 
fund-raising for this important project. (By 
the way, the "Guidelines" are being sent 
free of charge to the advisors of Senior 
BYC groups registered with the BYC office, 
January through May 1977.) We urge 
adults to support the money-raising efforts 
of BYC groups for this worthy cause. 

God has entrusted us with the "seed." 
Let us be faithful in providing every needed 
tool for those who have been called to 
"sow." The people seem willing — even 
anxious — to hear the Gospel. Our extra 
effort may make an eternal difference for 
many Colombians! 


The Brethren Evangelist 

christian education 

Educational Resources for Your Church 

"My Faith in Action" is a program a 
church can use to increase attendance 
and membership in its Sunday School and 
other organizations. In brief, the program 
involves setting goals for attendance and 
new members; getting commitments to 
attend; recognizing achievement and pro- 
gress; and enlisting new members. For 
further information and brochures, contact : 
Arthur Davenport Associates, Inc., P.O. Box 
18545, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118. 

Target-Group Evangelism, Ralph W. 
Neighbour, Jr. & Cal Thomas, Broadman 
Press, hardcover, $3.95. Shows how Chris- 
tians can "touch" all kinds of persons for 
Christ. For those who want to get involved. 

God's Church in Action, Joe Ragout & 
James Eckhardt, Scripture Press, 8I/2 x 11, 
paperback, $6.95. Contains twelve overhead 
transparencies, duplicating masters, addi- 
tional transparency suggestions, and in- 
structions for teaching twelve sessions on 
the Book of Acts. 

Creation: Evidence from Scripture and 
Science, Roy B. Zuck, Jr., Scripture Press, 
81/2 X 11, $6.95. Twelve overhead trans- 
parencies, four duplicating masters, and 
instructions for five sessions on creation. 

Hands on Learning and Inside-Out Learn- 
ing are publications of Brethren House, 
6301 56th Avenue, N., St. Petersburg, 
Florida 33709. Do-it-yourself ideas for the 
expressive involvement of children in Chris- 
tian education. Useful for Sunday School 
teachers, VBS, and Sunday evening chil- 
dren's programs. 

"Church & Family Forum" is a profes- 
sionally-led seminar for persons who feel 
Christian families are important. For in- 
formation, write : Church & Family Forum, 
P.O. Box 14249, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. 

Teaching Over My Head is a valuable 
transparency set for the overhead projector. 
It describes many ways to use the overhead 
projector in teaching adults and children. 
From David C. Cook, $19.95. 


Good Times for your Family, Wayne E. 
Rickerson, Regal Books, paperback, $2.95. 
A collection of over 100 practical fun times 
for Christian families. Includes suggestions 
for teaching Christian values. 

Solo is ". . . an excitingly contemporary 
new magazine for singles (never married, 
divorced, or widowed)." Feature articles 
focus on building positive relationships, 
accepting one's self and others, growing 
as a person, becoming an effective parent, 
and many other real and special problems 
of today's singles. Subscription rate : $6.00/ 
year (6 issues) ; from RHS Institute, P.O. 
Box 369, Orange, CA 92640. 

Games to Grow On is a Victor Book by 
Stan & Donna Leonard containing games 
and activities for children ages 4-12. Excel- 
lent for Sunday School teachers and chil- 
dren's church workers. A good resource 
at $1.50. 

March 1977 



Dynamics of Evangelism 

a review by Arden Gilmer 

Dynamics of Evangelism by Gerald L. Borchert 
(Word Books, 1976, 146 pp., $5.95). 

In the author's own words, "This book is intend- 
ed for Christian lay people and ministers who 
genuinely desire to be more effective disciples 
of Jesus and who long to accept the Lord's sum- 
mons on their lives for the task of evangelism." 

But the book does not deal explicitly with evan- 
gelistic methods. Instead, believing that the Bible 
is the sourcebook for evangelism. Dr. Borchert 
proceeds to give an overview of the Scriptures 
from the perspective Oi evangelism. In the process 
he points out those items which deal with the 
message of evangelism, the methods of evan- 
gelism, and the men doing the evangelism. The 
result is an intermingling of the theological and 
the practical. 

Beginning with the Old Testament, Dr. Borchert 
gives "Ancient Clues for Modern Evangelists" by 
selecting seven of its men and highlighting the 
aspects of their lives which deal with evangelism. 

The Gospels, written by the four "Evangelists," 
are presented as evangelistic tracts designed to 
tell the world about the coming of Jesus Christ 
and the significance of his life, teaching, miracles, 
death, and resurrection. The author gives a synop- 
sis of both the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of 
John to illustrate this point. 

Dr. Borchert believes that almost every incident 
in Acts has implications for the person interested 
in evangelism. He sees Acts as "history written 
with a purpose of elucidating how the preaching 
of the gospel brings about the transformation of 
people through the power of the Holy Spirit." 
Looking at those first disciples, he writes, "Clearly, 
God does not use his people because they are 
strong or perfect. Instead, he uses them in spite 
of their weaknesses and inspires them to confi- 
dence in the midst of doubts." 

Because Paul was one of the most dynamic 
evangelistic figures in all Christian history, Dr. 
Borchert uses four of his epistles as the frame- 
work for his chapter on "Advice for Struggling 
Evangelists." Another chapter shows how the 
book of Revelation serves as a sourcebook for 

I wholeheartedly agree with the author's state- 
ment that "Even though some believers have a 
special gift, nevertheless evangelism is the capti- 
vating task of every Christian in the church. For 
this task the Bible is and must be the Christian's 

Arden Gilmer is director of home missions for 
the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 

New Titles 

From Brethren House: 

Inside-Out Learning by Phil and Jean Lersch and 
Bonnie Munson (1976, 50 pp., $4.00) contains "ex- 
pressive activities for Christian education." It is 
the second title in their "Three-Ring Bible Learn- 
ing" series. (First book was Hands On Learning — 
reinforcement activities for Christian education.) 

The manual is divided into two sections: open- 
ended tasks and writing. Descriptions of each 
activity include examples (how they have been 
used at Brethren House), values (rationale for 
using a particular form of expression), and a 
"how to" section (specific hints from authors' 

An introduction precedes each section with 
general suggestions. 

The authors prepared the manual because "we 
feel it can prompt some interesting and rewarding 
learning activities in the church school and youth 

Mail orders should be directed to: Brethren 
House, 6301 56th Avenue, North, St. Petersburg, 
Fla. 33709. Brethren House will pay postage when 
payment accompanies order. 

From Lawrence W. Shultz: 

Sell warzenau— 1708-1976 by L. W. Shultz (1977, 
$3.00) is an updated version of the author's 1953 
work, Schwarzenau, Where the Brethren Began 
in Europe. Includes numerous photos. 

Available from the Carpenter's Shop, 709 Clare- 
mont, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

From Word Books: 

Colossians Speaks to the Sickness of Our Times 

by David Hubbard (1976, 96 pp., $2.25 paperback). 
The president of Fuller Theological Seminary 
shares meditations on how the Bible brings us 
"the diagnosis of our sickness and the prescription 
for our wholeness." 


The Brethren Evangelist 

CIS I see it 

Trustees Respond fo Crisis 

by Joan Ronk 

Through a series of unfortunate circumstances 
for others, I was asked to attend the meeting of 
the trustees at Ashland College and to record the 
minutes. Sorrow for one became joy for me. This 
was a special experience, for which I am grateful. 

Knowing most of the board members made it 
a pleasure. With several, I had talked on the 
phone. The very few others were strangers. 

The board is a composite of 49 men and 5 
women, several denominations (34 Brethren), and 
many professions (ministers, teachers, farmers, a 
dentist, physicians, a toolmaker, bankers, realtors, 
an architect, insurance men, a secretary, manu- 
facturers, independent business owners, chemists, 
engineers, attorneys, a state representative, and 
a state senator). Some are retirees, most are 

The trustees are a group of devoted people, 
who serve without pay and attend the board meet- 
ings without remuneration for travel. They par- 
ticipate by discussing with insight, based on their 
experience and knowledge. They contribute finan- 
cially. Because they have an interest in Ashland 
College and know the value of higher education 
in a church-related school, they give personally, 
encourage support from their churches, solicit 
gifts from their businesses or corporations, and 
serve as contact persons for prospective students 
and friends. 

The trustees established a special Challenge 
Fund of $25,000, which will be matched with a 
goal of $25,000 from alumni, parents, and friends 
of Ashland College. In the past three years, alumni 
participation has increased from 7% to an ex- 
pected 22% this year. The ultimate would be 
100% — a gift from every alumnus/al^ 

Caught in the midst of the worst winter on 
record, the trustees were primarily concerned with 
the energy crisis. They felt the cold rooms, since 
the thermostats had been set back weeks before. 
Then a call from the Columbia Gas Company 

Joan Ronk is secretary to the vice president of 
student and resource development at Ashland College. 

"As I See It" provides opportunity for our readers 
to express opinions that may or may not be held 
by the majority. The Brethren Evangelist welcomes 
submissions for this column and responses to articles 
appearing here. All contributions to this column 
should be written with the intent of edifying and 
enlightening the body of Christ. 

interrupted the trustees cool comfort to say that 
all class buildings would be shut down over the 
week-end. The cold was paralyzing! 

The budget was proposed, accepted, and bal- 
anced. Then came the energy crisis. The trustees 
authorized an Energy Conversion Campaign, which 
is necessitated by the extreme gas curtailment 
and severe winter temperatures. Every effort is 
being put forth now to keep the college open and 
to maintain its quality program. Converting to 
alternate heat systems, re-assigning classes, and 
using lounges in residence halls are measures 
currently in effect. The long-range plan must be 
alternate heating systems to prevent such prob- 
lems in the future. 

The cost of the Energy Conversion Campaign 
(ECO is estimated to be $100,000, and the con- 
version must be completed and paid for by fall, 
1977. The trustees know the importance, to cur- 
rent and prospective students, of having a campus 
in A-1 condition, from heating facilities to dorm- 
itory furnishings (those were talked about, too). 

It is apparent that each individual board 
member is highly important. Action on a motion 
requiring 30 affirmative votes was taken; then 
one member started his 500-mile ride home with 
a cheery "If you need me, I monitor Channel 19!" 

The Presidential Search Committee has nar- 
rowed the field of applicants from 248 to 30. As 
their work continues, your prayerful support is 

The meeting was soon over. All departed, 
except Milford Brinegar. He had come via plane, 
Tuesday, from Carleton, Nebraska. The Cleveland 
airport and 1-71 were closed Friday and Saturday. 
Finally, Sunday, Mr. Brinegar was on his way. 
What an experience! 

As I see it, the trustees have the opportunity 
to participate fully in the program of the college. 
Some do not use the opportunity. Each trustee 
is a member of a standing committee and can 
voice his opinion upon every issue. 

The 34 Brethren members represent us, but we 
are also important. We can pray, correspond, en- 
courage, and contribute students and money. 
Unrestricted gifts can be used for student aid, 
salaries, library additions, equipment, etc. This 
is a vitally important area. 

The Ashland College trustees meeting was a 
good place for me to be! 

Views expressed in "As I See It" are strictly those of the authors 
and are not necessarily those of the Brethren Church or the Brethren 
Publishing Company. 

March 1977 


Obstacles and Opportunities 

(continued from page 14) 

structure allows us to continue to work with 
the Brethren in India in our joint task of 
proclaiming the gospel in that country. 

Growth continues in the Rajahmundry 
area under the leadership of Rev. K. 
Prasantha Kumar, growth both in the num- 
ber of believers and in the number of addi- 
tional churches in outlying villages. The 
many pastors and evangelists trained at 
the Brethren Bible Institute are at work 
fostering spiritual growth among new 
Christians. A new work among the women, 
led by Mrs. Nirmala Kumar, also opens 
doors to homes. 

Both the physical and spiritual needs 
of the people are served. Literacy classes 
and medical services, used to serve physical 
needs, are followed by the proclamation of 
the gospel to provide for their even greater 
spiritual need. 

The hospital in Rajahmundry provides 
free medical services daily to several hun- 
dred people, and the mobile clinics go — as 
funds and medicines permit — to remote 
villages where there are no medical faci- 
lities. Disaster victims are also helped. 

Progress can be seen in the Visakhapat- 
nam area too, under supervision of Rev. 
K. Vijaya Kumar, Area Director. A good 
congregation has been established in that 


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city, and a number of additional churches 
are in various stages of organization in 
outlying villages. Evangelistic work con- 
tinues to be an important thrust of this 

Other services include a Christian litera- 
ture center and a youth center. The new 
medical clinic, under the supervision of Dr. 
Sujatha Kumar, wife of the Area Director, 
and the mobile clinics, which give medical 
services to the sick in out-lying villages, 
are also noteworthy. 

The needs confronting our Brethren in 
India are infinitely greater than our abil- 
ities to provide. Yet, Christ would have us 
proclaim His message of faith and hope, 
provide spiritual nurture to responsive dis- 
ciples, and practice the ministry of service 
to the poor, the widows, and the orphans. 

Good News for Everyone! 

(continued from page 9) 

the historical events of the original writers 
into another time-space context. The Cotton 
Patch Version of the New Testament, 
brilliantly produced by Clarence Jordan, 
represents precisely such a cultural trans- 
position. It substitutes "Washington, D.C." 
for "Rome" and gives the name of "Rock 
Johnson" to "Cephas, son of John." But 
Today's English Version attempts no such 
time-space transpositions, for the historical 
context of the Scriptures is an integral 
part of the unique message of the Bible. 

A dynamic-equivalence translation also 
avoids adding to the text explanations 
which are not implicit in the text itself. For 
example, to quahfy "the Law" (John 1:17) 
with the phrase "with its rigid demands and 
merciless justice" is to introduce something 
quite foreign to either the text at this place 
or even the Scriptures as a whole. 

In a letter to a newspaper editor one 
teen-ager wrote, "I find that I can under- 
stand what I have read in Good News for 
Modern Man instead of being confused." 
The editor himself wrote, "I would imagine 
a great percentage of the residents of this 
country do not understand the Bible and 
its terminology any more than we under- 
stand legal documents," and he concluded 
by speaking of Today's English Version as 
"the only thing that has come through in 
our lifetime to let us read and understand 
the Bible in our own language." 

Condensed from the forthcoming book Good News for Everyone 

by Dr. Eugene A. Nida, to be published by Word Books in 1977. 
Used by permission of the American Bible Society. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

church growth forum 

Where Are We Going? 

Arden Gilmer takes us on a "secret visit" 
to one church's official board meeting. 

Welcome to the monthly meeting of the official 
board of the Brethren Church of Summertown. 
Let's turn into invisible men so that we can visit 
the meeting unnoticed. 

By the time we enter, the meeting is already 
an hour and a half old. So far the board has 
politely listened to the reports of various 

The next item on the agenda is "new business." 
The pastor is eagerly waiting to present an 
exciting new idea. He had hoped to present it 
before everyone got tired and ready to go home. 
But, alas, the time was eaten up by a host of 
"housekeeping" items. As the pastor begins to 
speak, a few people look at their watches and 
yawn. Two ladies struggle to get their coats 
from the back of their chairs. 

The pastor begins: "We have an exciting 
opportunity to begin a new outreach ministry." 
(The ladies are now trying to get that second 
arm into their coats.) "The youth superintendent 
and I have talked several times about a possible 
ministry to the young people who hang out on 
the downtown streets in the evenings. The youth 
say they congregate on the streets because 
there's nothing in town for them to do. The 
downtown merchants have complained that 
having all the young people on the sidewalks 
hurts their business. The newspaper has carried 
a couple of articles about the problem. The chal- 
lenge to us: could we meet this need by giving 
the young people a place to meet, and also 
minister to them in the name of Christ, perhaps 
in a coffeehouse setting. 

"We've done some investigating and: found that 
we can rent a vacant storefront building near 
downtown for $200 a month. The place is large 
enough to accommodate 80-90 people. We could 
set up a coffeehouse, sell soft drinks, provide 
entertainment, and have our church young people 
there to interact with the community youth. 
There would be many opportunities to give a 
positive witness for Christ." 

Mr. Shoestring, the treasurer, says, "Pastor, 
that's a nice idea, but we're barely meeting our 
budget. Now you want us to take on an extra 
$2400.00 per year. That's a lot of money to spend 
on a bunch of kids." 

"Twenty-four hundred dollars — that's about 
how much it would take to repaint our sanc- 
tuary," says Mr. Trustee. "Why don't we do 
that instead." 

The choir director, Mr. Melody, chimes in, 
"Two thousand four hundred dollars is a lot 
more than it would take to buy new choir robes. 
Just two months ago the board refused my 
request for new robes, saying we didn't have 
the money." 

"I think our pastor ought to spend more time 
visiting our members of long standing rather 
than spending his time with youth who may 
never join our church," says Miss Little Vision. 
"Afterall, we pay his salary, and he should spend 
his time and energy ministering to members." 

Other comments follow: "Who will pay for 
remodeling the storefront and decorate it? That 
will cost more money." "Who's going to super- 
vise all this extra activity? It will take a lot of 
time and effort to organize everything. Every- 
one is already overburdened." "Do we want our 
kids mixing with those kids?" 

The discussion goes on and on. Finally, be- 
cause it is getting late, a motion is made to 
table the matter until a later meeting. 

The need for direction 

As invisible visitors we leave the meeting 
wondering, "What is the purpose of this church?" 
"Why didn't they ask, 'What does God want us 
to do? How does meeting this need relate to 
the mission of our church in this community?' " 

All churches need a written specific statement 
of purpose. Such a statement would have unified 
this official board in movement toward a com- 
monly shared goal. It would have clarified their 

Tension often arises in a church because mem- 
bers fail to have a common understanding of 
the purpose or reasons for the existence of their 
church. Without this understanding, it is impos- 
sible for a church to develop a strategy, or even 
agree on how the pastor should spend his time. 

Developing a specific statement of purpose is 
an experience which church leaders should under- 
take. In doing so they need to examine what the 
Bible says about the mission of the church. They 
must also look at the community to which their 
church ministers, discern its needs, and deter- 
mine how they can meet those needs in the name 
of Christ. 

Next month we will take a closer look at the 
ingredients of a specific statement of purpose, its 
values, and some examples written by other 

March 1977 


auxiliary programs for april 

30 Signal Lights Program 

3 I Sisterhood Program 

33 SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 

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written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: Walking with Jesus 

Zoccheus Meefs Jesus 

Zaccheus lived in Jericho. He was a very rich 
man. He worked for the Roman government. He 
collected taxes from the people. The government 
told Zaccheus how much the people of his area 
should pay. He collected more than that amount 
so he would have some money for himself. That's 
how he got rich — by charging the people too 
much for taxes. 

Zaccheus was very rich, but he was also very 
lonely. Nobody liked him because they had to 
pay so much money to him for their taxes. He 
would smile at people and say, "Good morning." 
But the people just turned away. "That's 
Zaccheus, the tax collector," they would 

One day Zaccheus heard that Jesus was in 
Jericho. "Jesus helps people. I wonder if He 
could help me make friends," thought Zaccheus. 

Then Zaccheus heard the people shouting, 
"Jesus! Here comes Jesus!" 

Zaccheus ran outside. People were standing 
along the road. Everyone wanted to see Jesus. 
But Zaccheus couldn't see! He was too short. 
He stood on tiptoes. He couldn't see. He stretched 
his neck. Still he couldn't see. 

"May I get through? Excuse me, please," he 
said to those standing nearby. No one moved 
for Zaccheus. He leaned against a sycamore 
tree. "What will I do?" he wondered. "How can 
I see Jesus over all these people?" 

Then he had an idea. "I'll climb this tree!" 
He scrambled up the tree as fast as he could. 
"Now I can see!" he said. 

Just then Jesus passed under the tree. He 
stopped. He looked up at Zaccheus. "Come down, 
Zaccheus," Jesus said. "I want to go to your 

"To my house?" asked Zaccheus. He came 
down the tree even faster than he had gone up! 
"Oh yes, Jesus, come this way. I'll be glad for 
you to have supper with me," said Zaccheus. 

Jesus and Zaccheus visited as they ate. 
Zaccheus knew Jesus was his friend. 

"I'm sorry I've been so selfish," said Zaccheus. 
"I'll give half of everything I have to the poor. 
And I know I've taken too much money from 
many people. I'll give them back four times more 
than I took from them." 

Jesus smiled at him. "God is pleased. You are 
one of those He sent me to save." 

—Based on Luke 19:1-10 

Memory Time: The Son of Man is come to seek 
and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

A Decision 

Mai Dee had joined the group around the 
storyteller. When the storyteller finished the 
story about Jesus and the little children, Mai 
Dee went up to him. 

"Will you please come to my house?" she 
asked. "Father and Mother want to hear about 

"Yes, I'll go with you," he answered. 

"Mother! Father!" called Mai Dee. "The story- 
teller's here!" 

"We are happy you came," said Father. "Mai 
Dee told us you said Jesus will answer our 

"We have prayed a long time to our idol," 
added Mai Dee. "He doesn't answer our prayer." 

"Will Jesus make my husband well?" asked 

(continued on page 32) 


The Brethren Evangelist 


prepared by 
Romayne Flora 

Paul's Travels 

Acts 15:36—18:22 


Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. . . .'' 

Acts 16:31 (RSV) 

Antioch of Syria has been in our Acts study 
several times. It was from the church in this city 
that Paul and Barnabas had been sent out as 
missionaries. What kind of a city was it in Paul's 
time, about A.D. 45? 


The city was quite large, about a half million 
population, and people from many countries lived 
there, much like our big cities. There was a large 
Jewish population. Antioch was a great trading 
center: caravans came from the east, shipping 
trade came up the river, and the city controlled 
the north-south road. 

Antioch was built so that the fresh breeze from 
the sea would blow up the streets, thus making 
summers there very pleasant. The main street 
was four and one half miles long. Streets were 
lighted at night by torches, the only city in that 
time to be so modern. 

Paul and Barnabas worked here for some years, 
and many people believed. It was in Antioch that 
believers were first called "Christians." From 
this church Paul and Barnabas were sent out on 
the first missionary journey, which we studied 
last month. 

Second journey 

This month's study begins with Acts 15:36. 
What happened in Acts 15:36-41? (Read) It is 
hard to imagine two missionaries quarreling, but 
verse 39 says there was a "sharp contention" 
(RSV) between Paul and Barnabas. The Bible 
tells the whole truth about people. God wants 
us to know his "chosen ones" are human beings 
with likes and dislikes. This division resulted in 
two missionary teams. It is also the last we hear 
of Barnabas. In revisiting the churches Paul 
came to 



What two things happened to Paul in this town 
in last month's study? 

Here Paul met a young man, perhaps sixteen or 
seventeen, named Timothy, who became his travel- 
ing companion until Paul was killed. Do you 
suppose Timothy saw Paul beaten and left for 
dead five years before? 


Paul, Silas, and Timothy came to Troas in their 
travels. What happened there? Read Acts 9:10. 
Notice the change from "he" to "we" and "us." 
From this passage in Acts we assume that Luke 
joined Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Follow the "we" 
in your Bibles and see what part Luke had in 
Paul's travels. 

Paul's obedience to the vision led the missionary 
party on to 


What two events happened here? Have the 
stories told. 

In June 1964 my husband and I went to Greece 
to visit some of the places where Paul traveled. 
We flew to Neapolis (Kavalla today) where Paul 

We went by car to Philippi over the modern 
road which is on top of parts of the old one Paul 
and his party used. The town was about four 
hundred years old when Paul was there. 

Much of the town has been excavated, showing 
the remains of buildings of all kinds. The base 
of the judgment seat is there. I had some inner 
emotions as I thought of Paul and Silas being 
beaten at that place. 

There is also a theater built into a hill one thous- 
and feet high. It is estimated that it could seat 
about five thousand people. I had a magnificent 
view of the plains and mountains as I sat high 
up on the stone seats. 

After the release from prison, Paul, Silas, and 

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Planning the Meeting 

1. Use the Easter meditation for the beginning of 
your meeting. Read Matthew 28:1-10 before 
sharing the meditation. (See page 32.) 

2. Follow Paul on Bible lands maps. 

3. Read Acts 18:23 through chapter 24. 

4. Take Bibles to monthly meetings. 

March 1977 


Timothy moved on. It would seem from Acts 
16:40 that Luke stayed in Phihppi, for "we" 
changes to "they." The missionaries continued 
west, probably on the Via Egnatia, passed through 
a couple towns, and came to the city of 


We, too, went west by car and again traveled 
over part of the old road, now modern. At Amphi- 
polis there is a landmark which Paul, Silas, and 
Timothy may have seen. Our driver stopped so 
that we could get pictures. It is a large stone 
lion on a high base. The broken pieces of it were 
found some years ago and put together again. 
There he sits, in all his majesty, guarding the 

Signal Lights 

(continued from page 30) 

"Jesus is the Son of the true God," explained 
the storyteller. "He can see you. He can hear 
you. He answers prayers in the way that is best." 

"Will our idol be angry if we pray to Jesus?" 
asked Mai Dee. 

"What is your idol made of?" asked the 

"Stone," replied Mai Dee. 

"Can he see or hear?" asked the storyteller. 

Mai Dee shook her head. 

"Then he can't answer your prayer," said the 
storyteller. "He isn't real. Jesus is real. Jesus 
can help if you believe Him." 

"What you say is true," said Father. "Our 
idol is not real. He cannot help us." 

"Will you show us how to pray to Jesus?" 
asked Mother. 

"First you need to know who Jesus is so you 
can believe He will answer your prayers. If I 
may I'll come everyday after the story time to 
teach you about Him." 

"Yes," said Father. "We want you to come. 
We want to learn about Jesus." 

The storyteller visited Mai Dee's home every- 
day for a month. Then Father said, "We know 
what you are telling us is true. We believe Jesus 
is the Son of the true God. We want Him to be 
our Savior. Will you baptize us?" 

"You know many of your friends will no longer 
come to see you if you become Christians," said 
the storyteller. 

"We know," answered Mother. 

"Some of your relatives may not speak to you 
when you stop worshiping the idol," reminded 
the storyteller. 

"That's true," said Father, "but we want to 
be followers of the true God." 

"Then I will baptize you Sunday," said the 

Mai Dee helped Mother carry the idol out of 
their house. In its place they put the Bible the 
storyteller had given them. "When Father is well 
and I go back to school, I'll learn to read the 
Bible," said Mai Dee. 

"You are going back to school tomorrow," said 
Mother. "The storyteller's friend will stay with 

"Tomorrow!" said Mai Dee. "Jesus is answer- 
ing some of my prayers already!" 

road. He was built in the early part of the fourth 
century B.C., making it about four hundred 
twenty-five years old when Paul went that way. 

Our driver stopped at the little town which is 
thought to be where Appollonia was. It was a 
rest stop, and a gasoline stop for the car. It is 
just a small Greek village on the main highway. 

On to Thessalonica, which today is a large city. 
Our hotel was on the water front, and the sea 
was beautiful. In Paul's day the city may have 
had a population of about two hundred thousand. 
There are many churches in Thessalonica today, 
some of them very old — a tribute to the preaching 
of Paul and his helpers, and a testimony to God's 
saving power through Christ. 


Paul then went to Beroea where the "learners" 
were eager to know the right way. They "searched 
the scriptures (Old Testament) daily" to find out 
if Paul was speaking the truth. 

From Beroea Paul was taken to Athens by 
friends, and for some time he was alone in that 
great city. He saw it in all its beauty and longing 
for the true God. We saw it in ruins, which are 
still beautiful. One temple which Paul saw, un- 
doubtedly, is still standing complete. Words can- 
not describe its beauty. 

After Paul preached the sermon in Acts 17, 
he left Athens and went to 


At Corinth Paul lived with fellow tentmakers, 
Aquila and Priscilla, who had recently arrived 
from Rome. After Silas and Timothy came to 
Corinth and joined Paul, the ministry increased 
and many believed. 

As we walked the streets of Corinth and saw 
the remains of shops and other buildings that 
Paul had seen, we felt a renewed admiration for 
him. Standing in front of the judgment place 
(Bema seat), we were reminded of some of the 
hardships he endured to preach the Good News. 

Paul left Corinth and made his way back to 
Antioch once again. Read Acts 18:18-22. 

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Read Matthew 28:1-10 

"Christ is risen," is the Easter greeting, and 
the reply comes, "He is risen indeed!" This was 
the salutation of the Christians in the early 
church. Today it is still the Easter greeting of 
Christians in Jerusalem and other towns of the 
Holy Land. 

The angel told the women to "go and tell" that 
Jesus was not in the tomb, but had been raised 
from the dead as He had told the disciples he 
would be. What joy must have been theirs as 
they ran to spread the good news that Jesus was 
alive. Be thankful you are a young woman, for, 
as a Christian, you are a special messenger of 
news of great joy. 

May this Easter be a time of joy for each of you 
in your personal lives as you "go and tell" the 
Good News: "Christ is risen." "He is risen indeed!" 


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General Secretary's Notes 

Remember back on December 31 and January 
1, when you made those New Year's resolutions? 
Can you remember what they were? Not much of 
the year has gone by, but I'll bet most of those 
good ideas of January 1 are forgotten. 

I did something a little different this year. After 
thinking about it a few days, I made two general 
goals for the year. (I didn't call them resolutions 
because that gives the idea that I'll forget about 
them quickly.) Then I wrote them down, including 
the things I was going to do to accomplish the 
goals, and put them with my Bible and my daily 
prayer list. That way I would be conscious of 
them nearly every day. 

Another change has been the beginning of a 
journal. It's not a diary, where I write all the 
activities of the day, but just a place where I can 
keep my feelings. Whenever I'm very upset or 
happy, or just feel like talking to God, or looking 
at myself in writing, I jot down what I want to 
say. I've learned that I can sometimes know how 
I feel easier by taking the time to write it, usually 
in the form of a letter to God. And if I'm upset, 
it almost always makes me feel much better. I've 
noticed that almost every journal entry has ended 
in a "Thank you, God" or "Praise the Lord," or 
a similar phrase. It really is uplifting. This shows 
me how valuable it is to take time to talk with 

One other purpose of my journey is to keep 
track of myself, mainly how well I'm accomplish- 
ing my New Year's goals. It's been interesting, 
so far, to see how I'm working at the goals and 
how often I fail. I know, even in this short time, 
I have made progress, and I praise God for help- 
ing me. 

My goals are in the area of relationships: my 
relationship with God and my relationships with 
other people. 

My relationship with God is probably the 
farthest from being perfect. I don't spend enough 
time with Him, I don't keep Him first in my mind 
enough, and I don't read His Word as much as 
I should. These are the areas I'm working on, and, 
I will add, I've seen improvement already! It's 
hard sometimes to make myself do it, but I know 
the benefits. 

My relationships with other people need some 
improvement, too. I don't keep in touch with my 
faraway friends very regularly; I don't spend 
enough time talking to my friends who are near; 
and with a group of friends, I don't let others talk 
enough! My friends are so special to me I don't 
want our relationships to be imperfect (although 
I know between humans nothing could ever be 

By the time this is published, it will be time 
for me to make an evaluation of the first quarter 
of the year concerning my goals. I hope you can 
remember your goals or resolutions now and 
think about improving yourself through them this 
year, even if you need to begin now. God wants us 
to be the best we can be, and I know He will help 
us, as we strive to improve ourselves. 


1977 SMM Scholarship 

This year the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 
of the Brethren Church will award a scholarship 
in the amount of $200 to an active Sisterhood girl 
for her freshman year at the college of her choice. 

To receive an application for the scholarship, 
please fill out the form below and return it to 
Nancy Ronk, 227 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 
44805. We will also need the names and addresses 
of your Sisterhood patroness, pastor, and high 
school guidance counselor. 

SMM Scholarship 

I would like to receive an application for the 1977 
SMM Scholarship. 

My name is: 


city, state, zip 

My SMM Patroness Is: 


city, state, zip 
My pastor is: 


city, state, zip 

My high school guidance counselor is: 

school address 

city, state, zip 

Return this form to: 

Nancy Ronk 
227 College Ave. 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Be sure to include all information. 

March 1977 


False Alarms! 

Ron Waters wonders how often we can cry "Wolf!" 

TT usually happened about 2:30 Saturday 

mornings. The girls had to be in their 
dormitories by that time. And the guys 
returning to their own rooms had to find 
some new form of entertainment. 

So they presented their sleeping buddies 
with a little present: a fire alarm. 

I can still vividly remember those week- 
end nights in college housing. The fire alarm 
buzzer was outside my door, so my room- 
mate and I received its full fury. 

The first few times an alarm sounded, 
we scrambled out of bed, threw on some 
clothes, and hurried down seven flights of 
stairs. Then we stood outside in the cold 
while waiting for the fire department to 
arrive. After a clearance check was com- 
pleted, we returned to the warmth of our 
rooms, wondering why anyone would cause 
so much inconvenience for so many people. 

Recently Brethren have joined other evan- 
gelicals in sounding some false alarms to 
the "sleeping giant" — our federal govern- 

"Before long we learned +o sleep right 
through the alarms without waking." 

ment. Cards and letters by the thousands 
have flooded the Federal Communications 
Commission office concerning a long-settled 

Unfortunately, a rumor continues to 
spread across the country and from church 
to church. It states that Madalyn Murray 
O'Hair has been granted a hearing on a 
petition that would "eliminate the proclama- 
tion of the gospel via the airwaves of 

The petition number usually cited is R.M. 
2493, one assigned to the Milam-Lansman 
petition, which was denied in August 1975. 
(The intent of that petition was not to 
remove all religious programs from the 
air. Rather, it raised a technical question 
concerning the licensing of educational 

Though the rumor is false and the 
petition was settled in 1975, requests for 

"fast action" continue to find their way 
into church bulletins and monthly mailers. 
The notices are often accompanied by 
requests for one million letters to the FCC. 
Naturally, this has caused the FCC great 
consternation and untold paperwork. Ac- 
cording to a recent news item in Christian- 
ity Today, the commission has received 
nearly four million pieces of mail since the 
petition was denied. 

AFTER a year or so of false alarms, I 
found that I was bounding out of bed 
much more slowly. In fact, before long 
several of us learned to sleep right through 
the alarms without waking — as hard as 
that seems, considering the racket the thing 

Sounding false alarms always raises the 
question of credibility. If evangelical re- 
sponse to R.M. 2493 had been the only false 
alarm sounded, it might be excusable. 

But a year ago congressional proponents 
of the controversial Child and Family Ser- 
vices Act were also inundated with mail. 
Again, rather than addressing the issues 
of the act, countless misinformed writers 
focused on subjects not even included in 
the bill. One of the sponsors noted, "I am 
only pleading for an honest dialogue." 

Certainly we must remain aware of 
actions that will destroy or restrict our 
freedoms. But the proverbial story of the 
boy who cried "Wolf" once too often could 
become a reality for us if we are not more 
astute about our actions. The alarm that 
has lost credibility is easily ignored, even 
in the face of imminent danger. 

When asked to write a letter of protest, 
please be certain the "facts" you have are 
really facts. If you have any doubt, call 
the Central Council Office or the Brethren 
Evangelist. We will be happy to check with 
NAE's public affairs office in Washington. 
If there is a bona fide need for action, we 
will add our support. 

But if it is merely another false alarm, 
maybe we can save you and the church 
another black eye ... as well as keep the 
possibility open for a listening ear when 
the alarm is justified. 


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Vol. 99, No. 4 


4 Do You Seek a Sign? 

An Easter meditation. 

6 Ten Reasons 

Paul A. Kienel tells why you should send your child to a 
Christian school. 

9 iebsiging is 

Thomas Fraser presents the case for church membership. 

Brethren Church Ministries 

Brethren, You Are There!; "Christian" is Two-Thirds "Christ"; 
World Relief and Missions; "We Dropped a Bit in 1976, 
But ..." 

22 BeEievolenf Core 

Senior Citizen of the Year and Senior Citizen Church Award; 
Let's Just Praise the Lord; Seniors in Your Comimmity; Action 
for Seniors. 

8 Letters 

On Christian and Public Schools. 

1^5 Update 

Including stories on National BYC Council meeting; "Winter 
of '77"; NAE Convention; Christian Education Conference; 
and VBS Seminar. 

26 Books 

Women, We Can Do It! 

29 Church Growth Forum 

"Raison d'etre." 

30 Auxiliary Programs 
34 Finaify, Brethren 

Enough to Eat. 

April 1977 

Do pou seek 
a sign? 

The people asked, ''Lord, what will you do for a sign, 
that we may see it and believe in you?" 

And did Jesus perform a miracle before their eyes? Did 
He turn the water into wine? Did He make the blind to 
see, or the deaf hear? Did He make the dead live, the 
lame walk, the infirm whole? 


Granted, He performed many miracles. The record is 
clear on that point. 

But when the request came as a basis of behef. He 
offered no sign. 

Only the sign of Jonah . . . three days and three nights, 

And that was hard to believe. 

And Jesus appeared in the midst of the twelve and said, 
'' Peace ..." But Thomas was not with them. And he 
said, ''Unless I see the nailpoints and touch the wounded 
side, I will not believe." 

But Jesus said, "Blessed are those who have not seen, 
and yet believe." 

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How often we say, ''Lord, I believe. But give me some 
sign to know for sure . . . some special gift . . . some 
uncanny understanding . . . and unique ability. Prove 
yourself to me, without a doubt." 

But He is silent. For we have a sign, the sign of Jonah. 
Entombed three days and returned to life. What more 
can we ask? 

During this season believers around the world will 
gather. There will be towels and basins, meat and cheese, 
broken bread and the cup . . . symbols of the Servant, 
the Brother, the Life-Giver. What more ,sign can we 

Lord, give us eyes to see. Keep us from continually 
seeking proof. What more sign can we seek than what 
has been given . . . the broken body, the shed blood, the 
glorious renewal of life." 

Do you seek a sign? ''Blessed are those who have not 
seen, and yet beheve." 

April 1977 


Paul Kienel tells why you should send your 
child to a Christian school. 

THE Christian school movement is the 
fastest growing educational movement 
in America today. The U.S. News and World 
Keport and Christian Life magazines have 
referred to the rapid proliferation of 
Christian elementary and secondary schools 
as the "Boom in Protestant Schools" and 
"The Christian School Explosion." Chris- 
tian schools are currently being established 
across the United States at the rate of two 
new schools a day. In California we average 
one new Christian school each week. 

During the 10 years I have served as the 
Executive Director of the Western Associa- 
tion of Christian Schools, our association 
has grown from 68 to 500 member schools 
and colleges. Enrollment in our schools 
has jumped from 11,388 to 63,131 students. 
Obviously parents by the thousands have 
opted to send their youngsters to Christian 
schools as opposed to secular public schools. 
As a parent who sends my children to 
Christian schools and speaks to thousands 
of parents on the radio and on tour, permit 
me to share ten reasons why you should 
send your children to Christian schools: 

Accountable to God 

You are accountable to God for what 
your children are taught in school. Proverbs 
22:6 is a direct command to parents. It 

Dr. Paul A. Kienel is the author of The Chris- 
tian School: Why It Is Right For Your Child, 
and America Needs Bible Centered Families 
AND Schools. He is the executive director of the 
Western Association of Christian Schools. 

His organization publishes a periodical entitled 
"Christian School Comment" which is available 
free of charge by writing to W.A.C.S., P.O. Box 
4097, Whittier, Calif. 90607. 

says, "Train up a child in the way he should 
go. . . ." What your children are taught 
in school should be a direct extension of 
your parental views. The teachers under 
whom your children are taught should be 
the kind of teachers you would personally 
hire if your children were being educated 
in your home. 

Christian schools offer a better level of 
instruction. There is no question about it. 
The test scores over a long period of 
years are conclusive. The annual Stanford 
Achievement Test administered to first 
through eighth grade Christian school stu- 
dents in the western states shows them to 
be six to sixteen months ahead of the 
national norm in reading and five to nine 
months ahead of the national norm in all 
general subject areas. 

No person neutral 

The Bible does not teach that children 
should be exposed to all kinds of sin. We 
are to train "up" a child, not point him 
downward. Children do not grow spiritually 
stronger in a negative non-Christian envi- 
ronment. Students do not become stronger 
Christians by being taught non-Christian 
thinking, but by being taught Christian 
thinking, and there is no such person as 
a "neutral" school teacher who neither 
advances nor inhibits religion. School 
represents 16% of your child's time. It is 
prime time, a training time, and Christian 
school education represents a positive 
Bible-centered form of instruction that will 
build a child up in the faith — not tear him 
down. Proverbs 19:27 says, "Cease, my 
son, to hear the instruction that causeth 
to err from the words of knowledge." 

The Christian school is right for your 
child because the Christian school has not 

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"The teachers under whom your children 
are taught should be the kind of teachers 
you would personally hire if your children 
were being educated in your home." 

cut itself off from the most important book 
in the world — the Bible, important in that 
it enables us to see the light we need in 
education. Without the Bible, education is 
nothing more than the blind leading the 
blind. Standards for morality must be taken 
from Scripture alone, not from situations 
as often taught in secular schools. As 
Theodore Roosevelt stated, "To train a man 
in mind and not in morals is to train a 
menace in society." 

Opportunity to witness 

The Christian school provides an oppor- 
tunity for your child to witness for Christ. 
This surprises some people because they 
assume all students in a Christian school 
are Christians. In most cases a majority 
are Christian; however, in every Christian 
school there are always some students who 
need the Savior. Christian students are 
trained and encouraged to reach these 
youngsters for Jesus Christ. Witnessing in 
a Christian school has the support of 
parents, students, teachers, administration 
and the school board. Presenting Christ as 
Savior is not illegal in a Christian school. 

The Christian school educators teach all 
subject matter from a Christian context. 
They put the Bible at the center of the 
curriculum and ask the student to evaluate 
all they see in the world through the eyes 
of God. To quote Dr. Roy Zuck, a Christian 

The secular vs. Christian school issue 
is really a question of whether a child 
will learn to view life from man's per- 
spective or God's perspective. From 
man's viewpoint, history is purposeless; 
from God's viewpoint, history has mean- 
ing. From man's viewpoint, science is 
the laws of "nature" at worl^; from 
God's viewpoint, science is the outwork- 
ing of His laws. 

In a Christian school, a student is exposed 
to the centrality of God in all of life. In 
public education, a student is legally 

"sheltered" from this important dimension 
of education. 

Christian schools support the family as 
the number one institution of society. Chris- 
tian school educators train students to 
respect their parents. These educators 
agree with the early American patriot, 
Noah Webster, who said, "All government 
originates in families, and if neglected 
there, it will hardly exist in society." 

"The atheists have, for all practical pur- 
poses, taken over public education in this 
country." Shocking words, yes, but they 
were spoken by a prominent public school 
educator. Dr. W. P. Schofstall, Arizona 
State Superintendent of Schools. Para- 
doxically, many public school personnel 
openly support Christian school education. 
As a matter of fact, the largest group 
among the parents who send their children 
to Christian schools are public school teach- 
ers and principals. I conducted a nation- 
wide survey among these public school 
educators. The following statement is 
typical of the responses I received: 

I prefer to send my children to a Chris- 
tian school because Christ is central to 
all information taught and caught. The 
public school is basically humanistic and 
materialistic in its approach to life and 
the fundamental questions of human 
existence and purpose. The Christian 
school holds a unique position with the 
home and the church. 

Christian school educators maintain dis- 
cipline in the classroom and on the play- 
ground. Without a reasonable standard of 
discipline, the process of education is 
severely hampered. "For whom the Lord 
loves. He disciplines. . . ." the Bible teaches. 
And it is within that context of love that 
discipline is carried out in a Christian 
school. This important feature of education 
is rapidly disappearing from public school 
education. According to the recent Gallup 
Poll of Public Attitudes Toward Education, 
Lack of discipline in the public schools 
again heads the list of problems cited 

April 1977 

most often by survey respondents. Dis- 
cipline has, in fact, been named the 
number one problem of the schools in 
five of the last six years. New evidence 
of its importance comes from the special 
survey of high school juniors and 
seniors. An even higher percentage of 
this group names discipline as the lead- 
ing problem faced by the local public 

"We believe that our children are gifts 
of the Lord. We are responsible as parents 
to train them according to His Word not 

only at home and in church, but in school 
as well." This statement was made by a 
parent in response to a question on an 
application form for enrollment of his chil- 
dren in a Christian school. 

More and more parents, especially Chris- 
tian parents, are coming to the conclusion 
that secular public education and most of 
its teachers and principals no longer repre- 
sent their personal parental views. These 
parents are exercising their freedom of 
choice and sending their children to Chris- 
tian schools and colleges. 

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On Christian and 
Public Schools 

Responses to "What Are Your Children Learn- 
ing," an editorial appearing in the February issue 
(page 34). 

Dear Editor, 

I read your editorial about our public schools. 

If we withdraw from the public school system 
to have Christian schools, we forfeit our right to 
say what shall be taught in the public school. We 
also help build a barrier between the children who 
attend the public and private schools. The fighting 
in Ireland is an extreme example of fear and 

If people will work through their parent-teacher 
associations and are willing to serve on com- 
mittees to read textbooks before they are ordered, 
they could influence the textbooks that the school 
buys. The publishing companies will print anything 
that will sell. 

If we believe that a well-informed citizenry is 
essential to the welfare of our country, then it 
is our duty to support a good school system for 
all of our children. 

I have donated my time for over twenty years, 
serving on the local school board, and nine years 
as a trustee of Ashland College. 

Milford K. Brinegar 
Carleton, Nebraska 

Dear Editor, 

This is a first for me! I have never written to 
a paper or a magazine before, but I had such 
feelings well up as I read your editorial in the 
February issue of the Evangelist that I felt led 
to reply. 

This past year we removed our second grader 
from public schools and placed her in a Christian 
school. I would like to tell you why. 

Proverbs 22:6 tells us as parents to "train up 
a child in the way he should go. . . ." This is a 
matter of living. Every moment of the child's life 
he is being trained — either for good or bad. We 
take our children to Sunday School, but we cannot 

expect that hour of training to be the basis for 
living if that is the only time they hear about 
living a Christian life. Just how many hours a 
day are we, as parents, able to spend with our 
children as examples, as teachers, as counselors? 
Not many I am afraid. As a result the child spends 
most of his day with a stranger. (How much do 
you know about your child's teacher?) 

As Christian parents we feel the Bible is the 
basis for all of our life. Every time our children 
are disciplined we try to use what the Bible says 
about their behavior or the way it should be. We 
cannot do this in the few hours a day we are with 
the children. We need help! We need Christian 
educators to reinforce the ideals and beliefs we 
wish to instill in our children. This cannot be 
done in a society that has such disregard for 
authority and the rules of proper conduct as we 
see evidenced in our public schools. We want our 
children to have healthy, Christ-centered views, 
particularly in regard to sex and the development 
of mankind (evolution). I think it was Paul Harvey 
who said in essence, we win, not by isolation, but 
by infiltration, provided we are insulated! We 
cannot expect our children to infiltrate our present 
society without first being insulated. 

With the help of dedicated Christian educators 
and the standards of conduct, dress, and academics 
of the Christian school our daughter attends, we 
pray that she will grow up to be able to live a 
consistent, dedicated. Spirit-filled life, and will be 
better able to cope with society. 

Can we afford it? We can't afford not to — 
and still fulfill our responsibility given in Ephe- 
sians 6:4 to raise our children in Christian discip- 
line and instruction. We feel we are giving her a 
better education than the public school system 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Coleman 
Waterloo, Iowa 


The Brethren Evangelist 

While there is certainly dan- 
ger in overemphasing church 
membership, I firmly believe it 
is important and should be a 
part of every Christian's experi- 
ence. If a church is worth wor- 
shiping in on a regular basis, 
it is worth identifying with 
beyond mere physical presence. 

Still, some people hesitate to 
join a church. Some do not see 
the importance of uniting with 
other Christians. Others are 
afraid to get their roots down 
deep for fear of being coerced 
to serve, give, etc. 

A third "reason" some give 
is that the Bible says nothing 
about church membership. True; 
but the Bible also says nothing 
about Sunday school, youth 


groups or Sunday evening ser- 
vices — would you want therefore 
to do without these? 

Still another reason some fail 
to unite with a church is their 
own spiritual instability, which 
manifests itself in their becom- 
ing either "church hoppers" 
(drifters) who enjoy spiritual 
buffets but who never stop long 
enough to analyze their own 
instability and change the pat- 
tern, or "fence sitters," those 
who prefer to spend their lives 
resting upon indecision. 

But why join a church? It 
will not buy your ticket to 
heaven. It will not give you 
more "brownie points" with God. 
It will not even guarantee that 
you will be a stronger Christian. 

Basically the Church of Jesus 
Christ is a living organism, not 
an organization. That is what 
distinguishes it from the PTA. 
However, the larger an organ- 
ism becomes, the more essential 
organization becomes. A single- 
celled amoeba needs no organ- 
ization. As cells multiply, how- 
ever, organization becomes im- 
perative for the health of the 
organism and the cells. Our 
human bodies have an enormous 
amount of organization to func- 
tion properly. 

One reason for church mem- 
bership is that the Body of 

The case for 
church membership 

by Thomas D. Fraser 

to the goals and objectives of 
the church. Membership signi- 
fies to the pastor: "I'm with 
you. I believe in what this 
church is trying to do and 

Becoming a member enables 
the Christian to identify fully 
with God's people within that 
fellowship. A member never 
feels on the "fringe" of church 

A bewildered world needs 
churches willing to declare what 

is Beneficial 

Christ needs to function in a 
healthy, unified, organized man- 
ner for the spiritual health of 
both the whole and individual 

A second reason for member- 
ship is that the church needs 
safeguards. It needs those who 
can protect its spiritual integ- 
rity and promote its spiritual 
growth. The primary require- 
ment for membership in our 
church is a personal relationship 
with Jesus Christ as Savior. This 
is of paramount importance if 
the church is to be what its 
name signifies: the ekklesia, 
"the called-out-ones," those that 
belong to the Lord. 

A pastor can serve most 
effectively if he knows that his 
congregation is fully committed 
not only to the Lord but also 

they believe. It needs Christians 
who will commit themselves to 
a fellowship that can be recog- 
nized by the world as having 
found real faith. 

Finally, becoming a member 
will enable the Christian to 
serve the Lord most freely and 
effectively. Jesus said, "Freely 
ye have received, freely give" 
(Matthew 10:8). 

If you attend a Bible-centered 
church that is committed to 
faithfully teaching and preach- 
ing the whole gospel but have 
not officially joined that fellow- 
ship, can you give one good 
reason why you should not? 

The church needs you. You 
need the church. 

From the October 6, 1976, issue of THE 
ALLIANCE WITNESS. Used by permission. 

April 1977 

world relief 

A letter to say 

Brethren, You Are There! 

Dear Concerned Ones: 

Through the years your continuing compassion for suffering humanity 
around the world, as spearheaded by the creative presentations of Rev. Phil 
Lersch, has been of great encouragement to the World Relief Commission. 

My introduction to your sensitivity to God's concern for those in need was 
in 1968, when my husband brought back an enthusiastic report of your 
General Conference. A "Soup Supper" comprised of soup, crackers, 
and beverage cost you the price of a full dinner. The difference was given 
to WRC "to help a starving child live another day." 

At that time WRC was helping thousands of children to stay alive another 
day during the Nig-eria/Biafra war. And through your gifts, you were 
there. Sacrificing one meal brought eternal results, as you will see by the 
following experience. 

Only occasionally does WRC hear directly from those who have been helped, 
because most are illiterate. But recently we received a letter from a 
Nigerian who was probably a teen-ager during the war. "Through your relief 
I and my family were able to survive the 30-months civil war," he wrote. 
They had fled out into the bush, and someone had head-packed food to them. 

And, as often happens, food for the body is blessed by God and becomes 
food for the soul. The Nigerian goes on: "My happiness is not only that God 
provided food, but that he saved me from my sins. I now want to become 
a preacher of the gospel." 

At the present time you are there in Haiti, where 7,000 children receive a 
breakfast in thirty-four feeding programs in schools and nutrition centers. 
Dr. Claude Noel, director of the Council of Evangelical Churches, said that the 
children wanted to learn, but were sick and apathetic from malnutrition. 
"I have a feeling for children," he said, "and initiated breakfast before school." 
The children are now alert and bright. "The meal they get is the only one 
many will have for the day." Haiti's poverty has been aggravated by recent 
severe drought. 

You are there in Bangladesh, where one of WRC's projects is the Under-Five 
Clinic near Chittagong, where food and medical care are dispensed. Three 
years ago, when I saw pictures of these starving, sick children, I had to force 
myself to look at them so I could write about their need. What a difference, 
in recent photos of children, after three years of loving care. The little 
skeletons have fleshed out. Arms, legs and rib cage are no longer pitiable 
skin and bones. Faces are round. Eyes, shining and alert. 

One mother, holding her infant son close, exulted: "This child will live!" 
She had lost three previous sons from malnutrition. It isn't only that the 
children will live, but that they will enjoy a quality of life which gives them 
a head start for the future. 

Through your generosity, you are there in over twenty countries where WRC 
sends immediate disaster aid or supports long-range self-help programs. 

Blessings on you all! 
Lilliam H. Graffam 

Mrs. Graffam has been WRC's staff writer for nine years. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

is two-fhirds 

A World Relief message by Dr. L. E. Lindower. 

FOR whatever reason the name Christian 
has been applied to believers — derision, 
accusation, or respect — it has indicated 
association with Jesus Christ. Six of the 
nine letters spelling that appellation repre- 
sent the One who lived and died on the earth 
to help, heal, and save people. 

What image of our Lord Christ do we 
Christians reflect in the world? How can 
we project a true Christ picture? What are 
some of His likenesses preserved for us in 
the Bible? 

Prominent are pictures of Jesus' compas- 
sion. His teachings attracted great multi- 
tudes to the desert where He sought rest. 
But His compassion required that He heal 
their sick. "And when the people heard, 
they followed Him on foot out of the cities, 
and Jesus went forth and saw a great 
multitude and was moved with compassion 
toward them, and He healed their sick" 
(Matthew 14:13,14). 

Likewise, when they remained with Him 
without food, compassion provided their 
food. "And Jesus called His disciples and 
said, 'I have compassion on the multitude 
because they continue with me now three 
days and have nothing to eat, and I will 
not send them away fasting lest they faint 
in the way' . . . and they did all eat and 
were filled" (Matthew 15:32,37). 

As He taught and healed, Jesus saw the 
multitudes as a scattered and confused 
flock of sheep. "But when He saw the 
multitudes He was moved with compassion 
on them because they fainted and were 
scattered abroad as sheep having no 
shepherd" (Matthew 9:36). He presented 
Himself as the Shepherd who would give 
His life for the sheep. "I am the good 
shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His 
life for the sheep." 

He applied the commandment, "Love thy 
neighbor," to the stranger needing help, 
whose need was met personally and sacri- 
ficially. "But he, willing to justify himself, 
said unto Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?' 

And Jesus answering said, 'A certain man 

. . . fell among thieves which stripped him 
of his raiment and wounded him and 
departed, leaving him half dead . . . but a 
certain Samaritan . . . had compassion on 
him'" (Luke 10:29, 30, 33). 

He taught that to provide food, shelter, 
clothing, healing, and comfort for the needy 
was a ministry to Him. "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these 
my brethren, ye have done it unto me" 
(Matthew 25:40). 

Showing His compassion 

How can we be Christian in the world? 
How can we exemplify and present that 
Person whose name is two-thirds of our 
title? We must continue His compassion, 
His love. His sacrificial giving around the 
world. Jesus' reply to the lawyer who asked, 
"Who is my neighbor?" applies to all who 
claim his name: "Go and do thou likewise" 
(Luke 10:37). 

The Apostle John needles our consciences 
with his searching question: "But whoso 
hath this world's good and seeth his brother 
have need and shutteth up his compassion 
from him, how dwelleth the love of God 
in Him?" (I John 3:17). 

Of course, we can't have compassion 
without the "agape" of God operating. 
Christians claim to receive it by the new 
birth. And we Brethren have a means of 
letting "agape" work out from us through 
our World Relief giving. Let's allow Christ's 
compassion to have control again this year. 

Dr. L. E. Lindower, 

retired dean of Ashland 

College, is a member of 

the Brethren World 

Relief Board and deeply 

involved in the Park 

Street Church and 

Brethren Care in 

Ashland, Ohio 

April 1977 


world relief 

World Relief and Missions 

A first-person report by Bob Bischof. 

TN the middle of May, 1957, the Mbororo 

Mission station was opened in Nigeria. 
Bea and I moved there and hved in what 
was to be the dispensary building until our 
house was finished. It was our thought not 
to begin medical work immediately, since 
we did not have a building to use as a 
dispensary. We just wanted to move there, 
continue to supervise the building program, 
and work with the out-village evangelists 
in the outreach work of the church. 

It was late in the day when we arrived 
at Mbororo. The rains had already begun, 
the road was very muddy, and the river 
crossing had taken longer than expected. 

As the dawn began to break on our first 
day at Mbororo, we heard voices outside. 
Getting up, we went to the door and looked 
out. To our surprise there were more than 
25 people standing around under the big 
tree in front of the house. We quickly got 
dressed and went out to see why these folks 
were there. They had come for medical 
treatment! Bea said, "We are not prepared 
to give you medicine and to care for your 
physical needs yet. We do not have medicine 
with us, we do not have a hut to house the 
medical supplies, and I do not have anyone 
to help me in this work." 

But the answer was, "You are mission- 
aries, aren't you?" 

"Yes," Bea replied. 

Then they said, "We have heard that 
where the missionary is there is medicine, 
there is education, together with word 
about God." 

What do you answer under such circum- 
stances? We looked at the people standing 
there. A number of them had eye diseases 
and flies hovering over the matted eyes; 
women were holding malnourished and sick 
children; one man had a leg about the size 

of a small tree trunk; and a mother was 
holding a baby that had rolled into the fire 
during the cold night and was badly burned. 
We could not say, "We have just brought 
you the word that God loves you; in fact, 
that he loved you so much that he sent 
his son to die for you; so go away with 
these wonderful words and live in the love 
of God." 

No, we thought of Jesus and how he 
looked on the multitude with compassion, 
how he fed them when they were hungry, 
and how he healed them when they were 
sick. So that very day we sent a messenger 
off to Lassa for medicine and wrote a letter 
to the doctor asking that a trained dispenser 
be sent to help Bea. That morning I took 
the masons off the work on the house and 
put them to work building a round hut to 
use as a dispensary. 

Physical and spiritual 

Jesus' ministry dealt with the physical 
aches and pains of a person as well as his 
spiritual needs. Thus it is that every 
missionary — though he goes to the mission 
field with the express purpose of teaching 
God's Word and bringing the people to a 
saving knowledge of God — when he sees 
people hungry, is compelled to help them 
with food; when he sees them physically 
ill, is compelled to help them with medicine ; 
when he sees them unable to read and 
write, is compelled to bring them schools. 
For he recalls the words of Jesus, "For I 
was hungry and you gave me food. I was 
thirsty and you gave me drink, I was lonely 
and you made me welcome, I was naked 
and you clothed me. I was ill and you came 
and looked after me. I was in prison and 
you came to see me there" (Matthew 


The Brethren Evangelist 

We could not say, ''We have just brought 
you the word that God loves you." So we 
built a dispensary. 

One of my greatest thrills has been to 
see the Brethren Church become active in 
a world relief ministry. World relief 
agencies have been of great help to the 
missionary in helping him show the com- 
passionate concern of Christians for those 
in need. 

During the time we were at Mbororo, 
there was a surplus of milk here in the 
States. We were supplied with powdered 
milk at the Mbororo dispensary through 
relief agencies. This milk saved the lives 
of many young babies and children. 

One woman walked 5 miles over the 
mountain from the village of Lidle to 
Mbororo. In her arms she carried her baby, 
several days old. This was the sixth child 
she had brought into the world. The other 
five had died in the first week after birth 
because the mother was unable to nurse 
them. Her pitiful question was, "Can you 
help me? Is there any help that you can 
give so that this baby might live?" 

Fortunately, we had powdered milk. Bea 
taught this woman how to mix it up, gave 
her some baby bottles, and taught her how 
to wash and sterilize them. The look of 
despair on the woman's face changed to a 
look of hope. The baby lived and brought 
much joy to her parents. The baby was a 
constant reminder to the family and all of 
us at Mbororo that people in America had 
shared, and the sharing had met the need 
and saved a life — bringing joy to a Higi 
family. As we left Nigeria in .1965, the 
woman, hearing we were leaving, came with 
this little girl to say good-bye and to ex- 
press, once more, their thanks. 

World Relief is not only working in the 
area of sharing food commodities. One of 
the greatest areas of service is in supplying 
materials to help people of the world get 
a start. Jesus said, "I was thirsty and you 
gave me drink." Water supply is at a 
premium in many parts of Africa. World 
relief agencies (including the World Relief 
Commission) have helped in providing ma- 
terials so that wells could be dug and a 
water supply brought to a village. 

Supplying fertilizer to farmers so that 

they might have better crops is another 
service. The African wants to move ahead, 
and when it is demonstrated that something 
works, he is all for it. Such was the case 
in the use of fertilizer. 

At Mbororo one of the farmers put out 
two patches of peanuts in his farm along 
the main road to market. On one patch he 
added some fertilizer. People walking by 
saw both patches. When they saw the one 
growing so well, they would look and shake 
their heads. Then they quizzed the farmer 
about it. He told them that he had gotten a 
bag of fertilizer at the mission station. 
Fertilizer was at the mission station be- 
cause a world relief agency had seen the 
need and sent a truckload to that area. This 
in answer to the words of Jesus, "I was 
hungry and you fed me." The Nigerian was 
hungry. His land did not produce enough 
food. The world relief agency showed him 
how to raise more food and to stave off 

Great joy came to me recently when 
letters from Vijay Kumar and Prasantha 
Kumar noted that medicine supplied by the 
Loree Brethren Church and funds received 
from the World Relief Commission enabled 
them to show the love of Christ through 
the orphanage, relief center, and hospital. 

Praise the Lord that we are now helping 
Jesus in his ministry of compassion and 
concern, not only for the spiritual condition 
of people, but also for their physical needs 
as well. "I was hungry and you gave me 
food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. 
I was lonely and you made me welcome. 
I was naked and you clothed me. I was ill 
and you came and looked after me." 

Rev. Bob Bischof, 

former missionary to 

Nigeria, is pastor of the 

New Paris, Ind., 

Brethren Church and a 

new member of the 

Brethren World Relief 


April 1977 


world relief 


Financial response 


We dropped a bit in 1976, but 

World Relief Board Chairman Phil Lersch 
reports on giving. 


. . . our track record was still commendable in 
sharing what we "have" with those who 
"haven't." The net decrease from the 1975 total 
was $1,435. 

1966 to 1970 $19,855 

1971 $ 7,725 

1972 $ 9,499 

1973 $13,502 

1974 $16,223 

1975 $27,799 

1976 $26,363 

11-year total $120,966 

1977 ???? 

A closer look at what happened in 1976 (below) 
indicates that the $236 increase in the Conference 
Fasting Banquet profits compensated for the 
$205 decrease in church offerings. Most of the 
$1,435 total decrease resulted from the $1,466 
less received from individual donors. 

1975 1976 

Total Church Offerings $24,517 $24,312 
Conf. Fasting Banquet 293 529 

Individuals' Gifts 2,989 1,523 

Totals $27,799 $26,364 
Waterloo (Iowa) led the way in our 1976 giving 
with $1,104, followed by these churches who 
gave $500 or more: 

North Liberty, Indiana 

Sarasota, Florida 

Jefferson, Indiana 

Louisville, Ohio 

Smithville, Ohio 

Maurertown, Virginia 

Ashland (Park St.), Ohio 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 

Bryan, Ohio 

. ■ Milledgeville, Illinois 

Goshen, Indiana 

, Brush Valley, Pennsylvania 

Johnstown III, Pennsylvania 

South Bend, Indiana 

Elkhart, Indiana 

Vinco, Pennsylvania 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

West Alexandria, Ohio 

(A complete listing of our 1976 giving through 

our Brethren World Relief treasury appears on 
the inside back cover.) 

What will 1977 hold — not for us, but for those 

with needs, whom we have an opportunity to 

help through World Relief giving and praying? 

♦ ♦ ♦ 

Special note to church treasurers and individual 
donors: Please send all contributions for World 
Relief to: 

Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 

1318 East Douglas 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 

Resource Materials 

In addition to the information in this issue 
of the Brethren Evangelist, the World Relief 
Board has supplied the following to every 

1) World Relief REPORTERS for distribution 
as bulletin inserts or with the April church 
mailing. This brochure is full of pictures and 
reports of what our World Relief monies are 
helping to accomplish around the world. Although 
produced by the World Relief Commission, this 
special issue was printed for distribution in 
Brethren churches, with a message from Phil 
Lersch on the back page. 

2) Packet to Pastors. Every Brethren pastor 
was sent a collection of 7 brochures about various 
World Relief projects. Included was information 
about these 16mm, sound, color films which 
can be ordered free of charge from WRC for 
showing anytime during the year: 

BANGLADESH— Darkness Into Light 

AFRICA— Dry Edge of Disaster 

HONDURAS— Aftermath of Hurricane Fifi 

3) Filmstrip Information. "A WORLD HUN- 
GRY" is a set of 5 color filmstrips with cassette 
narrations. It is excellent for information and 
discussion. Pastors have received details about 
titles, content, and how to rent them from the 
Brethren Board of Christian Education in 
Ashland. Plan to use all five in a series. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

Planning, presentations highlight 
BYC Council Meeting 

by Mark Baker 

Ashland, Ohio — Saturday, February 5, 1977, de- 
spite cold, snow, and ice, 21 National BYC Council 
members and seven guests met at Ashland, Ohio, 
for their annual mid-year meeting. Moderator 
Wayne Grumbling presided over the session. 

Agenda for the meeting included new district 
communication report forms, junior BYC member 
activities, BYC Convention and council evaluation, 
and discussion of planning a new BYC Manual. 

The BCE stafi also made presentations on the 
Summer Crusader program, BYC Convention, the 
national BYC project. Youth Week, and Program 

A banquet catered by Fern Smith was enjoyed 
by the council members, guests, and Brethren 
Ashland College students on Saturday evening. 

A total of 45 were present for the banquet and 
to hear Mr. John Rowsey, executive director of 
the Brethren Publishing Company, speak on the 
problems and joys brought about by the current 
fuel and energy crisis. Roller-skating followed and 
proved to be a great finish to the day. 

The group was brought together again Sunday 
morning at Park Street Brethren Church for 
morning worship before returning home. 

The National BYC Council is the executive body 
of National BYC and is composed of the national 
BYC officers, outgoing officers, district presidents 
and representatives, and six at-large representa- 
tives. The purpose of the council is to serve as 
an evaluative and suggestive body of the National 

staff Photo 
Board of Christian Education assistant Mark 
Baker discusses youth plans with BYC officers 
Elaine Hensley and Wayne Grumbling. 

BYC Convention and to serve as a medium of 
communication between National BYC and the 
Board of Christian Education, the sponsoring 

The council will be meeting again on August 15 
and throughout the National BYC Convention. 

Boys, girls clubs formed 
by Wabash church 

Wabash, Ind. — The Brethren church here is finding 
boys and girls clubs to be effective "feeder" pro- 
grams for their church. 

The boys club averages 3 to 9 boys each week, 
while the Thursday girls club averages 8 to 16 

"We are teaching the boys to unsolder radios 
and reassemble them," reports Bill Cole, pastor 
of the church. In the future they also hope to 
teach such skills as photography, bicycle repair 
and maintenance, two-cycle engine repair, knife 
sharpening, and harmonica. 

"The boys club starts at 10 a.m. Saturday 
morning. We meet in a fine athletic facility left 
here by the Honeywell Corp. to be used by youth 

"We begin with devotions and sentence prayers. 
Then we have about an hour of handcrafts before 
going to the gym." 

Pastor Cole is enthused about the program 
because of its success in previous churches he 
has served. "Two boys we had in Maine are now 
in radio and mechanical work because of a boys 
club we had in 1952. One is head of Western 
Electric repair in Massachusetts. And he is also 
a Christian layman. 

"How can we fail to reach boys and girls for 

April 1977 



Photo by Dave Greene 

Bradley Weidenhamer and Leroy Solomon lead the Park Street congregation in 
singing. The church was one of many that resorted to worshiping in their fellowship 
halls because of the cold and fuel shortages. 

Winter blizzard a blessing 
for Park Street Church 

The "Winter of 77" took its toll on Brethren 
churches in the Midwest during the months of 
January and February. 

Heavy snow closed most churches on January 
30. Natural gas curtailments caused others to limit 
programs held in their facilities to a minimum. 

Eugene Beekley, pastor of the Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, noted that "snow, 
cold, and reduced heat caused us to make some 
immediate adjustments. 

"One Sunday the cold and deep snow forced us 

Class Lives up fo Name 

George Schuster reported that on one of the 
coldest Sunday mornings of the winter, one class 
at the Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church 
recorded perfect attendance. 

According to George, the class consists of a 
number of faithful 70 to 75 year old ladies of the 

And the name of the class? The "Loyal Women's 

to close the church. However, some members 
gathered in homes for worship and study." 

On Sunday, February 6, the church began meet- 
ing in the fellowship hall. Rev. Beekley reported, 
"We had a special worship program presented by 
our junior high youth, led by Joanne Brelsford 
and Leroy Solomon. We had wall-to-wall people 
in the fellowship hall, plus a spirit of togetherness. 
Most people enjoyed the change." 

"Rev. Smith Rose taught the combined adult 
Sunday school classes in the fellowship hall. Other 
classes met in various locations. For instance, the 
college 'Tentmakers' class met at the Dorman 
Ronk home and were joined by the high school 
and visiting (National) Brethren Youth Council 
guest. Dr. Joe Shultz taught this combined class 
of 54 in the living room." 

But the crowded conditions provided a new 
dimension to the worship, study, and fellowship. 
"Out of the inconvenience came sharing, caring, 
and praying, and a thankfulness to God for one 
another. It was difficult but worthwhile," Beekley 

"It was cold outside, but we were all warmed 
inside by the Spirit in this worship experience." 

Undoubtedly, the "Winter of '77" will be one 
many will not soon forget. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


New directions in Christian education 
result from special gathering 

The setting of challenging goals and priorities 
for joint action climaxed the first Christian Edu- 
cation Conference, held in Ashland, February 18 
and 19, 1977. Sponsored by the Executive Com- 
mittee of the denominational Board of Christian 
Education, the Conference brought together the 
presidents and/or representatives of five district 
Boards of Christian Education (Ohio, Indiana, 
Midwest, Southwest, and Pennsylvania). 

Both district and denominational groups shared 
current programs, problems, and proposals. Fol- 
lowing extensive discussion of the educational and 
youth ministry needs of the Brethren Church, 
three major areas were identified, priorities 
established, and tentative completion dates 

Priority Number 1: Definition, composition, and 
relationship of denominational, district, and local 
Boards of Christian Education. 

To deal with this concern, a task force composed 
of denominational and district BCE members will 
be appointed to: 1) define the work of the BCE at 
each level; 2) prepare job descriptions for work- 
ers at each level; 3) outline qualifications for 
board members at each level; and 4) describe 
the relationship and means of communication 
between the three levels (drafts are to be ready 
by August 1977). 

Staff Photo 
Fred Finks and Donna Staffer ponder a point of 
discussion at the first Christian Education Confer- 
ence in February. 

report by Fred Burkey 

As a first step in maintaining good communica- 
tion, one member of the BCE Executive Committee 
has been appointed to attend the meetings of 
district boards in Southeast, Pennsylvania, Ohio, 
and Indiana. The Director of Christian Education 
will try to meet at least annually with Midwest, 
Southwest, and Northern California. It was further 
agreed that an exchange of district and denomina- 
tional board minutes would be helpful. 

In the future, it is proposed that annual meet- 
ings be held with denominational and district 
board representatives to evaluate progress and 
identify emerging needs. Organizationally, it 
seemed advisable to arrange for district presidents 
to be members of the denominational BCE. 

Special task forces were suggested to generate 
ideas in areas such as teacher training and camp- 
ing. These will be activated as need arises. 

Priority Number 2: Development of instructional 

Suggestions in this area included: 

1) Compilation of a list of Sunday School ma- 
terials for new adult believers to supplement The 
Brethren: Growth in Life and Thought, Topics will 
include: a) the Bible and how to study it; 
b) basic Christian doctrines; and c) application 
and spiritual growth. This project is to be com- 
pleted by August 1977. 

2) Set up a task force to evaluate and suggest 
new adult Sunday School materials for a unified, 
progressive study pattern (task force to be set 
up by August 1977). 

3) Produce a filmstrip on Brethren distinctives 
by January 1978. 

4) Produce a pastor's class manual by August 

5) Develop a discipleship program for junior 
and senior high youth by August 1978. 
Priority Number 3: Assistance in training of 
local leaders. 

1) The establishment of an Association of 
Brethren Church Teachers was endorsed as 
scheduled for August 1977. 

2) Work will begin on a series of continuing 
education seminars for lay leaders — fall 1977. 

3) A task force will be appointed to develop a 
comprehensive BYC Policy Manual in August 
1977, with the project to be completed by August 

This is an ambitious series of projects which 
must be fit into an already heavy schedule. Never- 
theless, progress has been made. The ministry 
of Christian education in the Brethren Church 
will be improved because of the input of these 
Christian education leaders. 

April 1977 



Carpenter's Shop hosts VBS Seminar 

jtM^P <V 

The Carpenter's Shop sponsored 
a one-day Vacation Bible School 
seminar on March 5 at the Ronk 
Memorial Chapel of Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

Purpose of the seminar was to 
acquaint area VBS directors and 
teachers with materials available 
for 1977. 

Representing the various publish- 
ers and demonstrating their ma- 
terials were Bullah Chapdu and 
Donna Allbrich (Standard), John 
Rowsey (Gospel Light), and Dan 
DeVeny ( Scripture Press — pictured 
at right). 

In all, 78 people attended the sem- 
inar representing 37 churches. 

Writer's packet reieosed 

Ashland, Ohio — Ever wonder if you have a gift 
for writing? 

The Brethren Evangelist has just released a 
packet of materials for people who are interested 
in writing for the magazine. 

Included in the writer's packet are manuscript 
slants for the Evangelist, tips for producing sale- 
able articles, and a guide for writing query letters. 
It also contains suggestions for writing a per- 
sonality sketch and for taking good photographs. 

"We are interested in discovering people with 
a gift for writing," says Ron Waters, managing 
editor. "We think our readers are a good source 
for articles." 

He went on to say that the staff is considering 
ways to provide training for those who would 
like to acquire the tools of writing. 

Readers who are interested in receiving one of 
the free writer's packets should write to the 
Brethren Evangelist, 524 College Ave., Ashland, 
Ohio 44805. 

Calendar of Events 

April 15-17 — 1977 Men's Congress, Camp Calvary, 
Angola, Ind. 

April 15-17 — Southwest Dist. Conf., Papago Park/ 
Tempe, Ariz. 

April 18-22 — NAE Washington Leadership Briefing. 

May 3-5 Pastors' Conference at Indiana Camp 

May 8-15 — Brethren Youth Week. 

Evangelist index available 

Ashland, Ohio — An index to Volume 98 (1976) of 
the Brethren Evangelist is now available to 

The index was prepared by Bradley E. Weiden- 
hamer, librarian of the Ashland Theological 

Included are listings by author and by subject. 

The index is free upon written request before 
April 30, 1977. 

Bicentennial ignored religion, 
Congressman charges 

Washington, D.C. (EP News) — A member of 
Congress has decried what he called the relative 
insignificant role religion played in the official 
Bicentennial observances last year, asserting that 
it was "simply ignored." 

"To be blunt about it," said Rep. Micky Edwards 
(R-Okla.), an Episcopalian, "America piddled 
away its Bicentennial year on inconsequential 
trivia and commercial carnivals, while we should 
have been concentrating on those traditional values 
which underlie the unique greatness of this very 
uncommon society. 

"America was built on two foundation stones: 
a political base of individual dignity and freedom, 
and a religious base which, through faith in the 
Christian message, underscored the same theme 
— that man, that great creation of God, was a 
being of individual worth and entitled to exist 
serving no master but Him who is Master of us 
all," the freshman lawmaker stated. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Rev. Long named head 
of Ohio hospital 

Dennison, Ohio — Dale J. Long, administrator of 
the 55-bed Pomerene Hospital at Millersburg, Ohio, 
will become Twin City Hospital administrator 
April 1. 

Rev. Long is both an accountant and an ordained 
minister. He attended Ashland College and Ashland 
Theological Seminary. He was pastor of the 
Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church from 1969-1973. 

Attorney Jim Carrothers, hospital board presi- 
dent, said Rev. Long "has excelled in his present 
position both in meeting Joint Commission hospi- 
tal standards and establishing financial solidarity." 

Long was selected for the Twin City position 
after evaluation and review of more than 200 

Membership Growth 

Sarasota: 4 by baptism, 1 by letter 
Marion: 3 by baptism 


Ethel DeLanghe to Rev. Wilbur Thomas, Feb. 19 
at County Line, Ind., Brethren Church. Rev. Gerald 
Barr, pastor, officiating. 

Candy House to Dean Waters, Feb. 11, at Loree, 
Ind., Brethren Church. Rev. W. E. Thomas, pastor, 

Nancy Waters to Jeffrey Garber, Feb. 5 at Loree 
Brethren Church. Rev. W. E. Thomas, pastor, 

Susan Wagner to Stephen Steel, Jan. 22 at Loree 
Brethren Church. Rev. W. E. Thomas, pastor, 

In Memory 

Mrs. Edith Brown, 91, Mar. 2. Member of Elkhart, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by Dale 
RuLon, pastor. 

Mrs. Hattie B. Minor, 83, Feb. 15. Member of North 
Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church. Services 
by John T. Byler, pastor. 

David E. Watkins, 88, Feb. 13. Member of North 
Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church. Services 
by John T. Byler, pastor. 

Delia Laughlin, 98, Feb. 11. Charter member of 
Wayne Heights, Pa., Brethren Church. Services 
by Henry Bates, pastor. 

Kenneth Seiler, 66, Feb. 5. Charter member and 
deacon of Tucson, Ariz., First Brethren Church. 
Services by Clarence Stogsdill, pastor. Mr. Seiler 
moved to Tucson from Lanark, Illinois. 

Mission enterprise flourishing, 
soys new MARC handbook 

Monrovia, Calif. (EP News) — The global outreach 
of Protestant missionary endeavor from North 
America is prospering, according to the 11th 
edition of Mission Handbook, published by World 
Vision's Missions Advanced Research and Com- 
munication Center (MARC). 

Of the estimated world Protestant mission force 
of 55,000, some 37,000 come from the United States 
and Canada, a larger number than ever previously 
reported, according to MARC Director Edward R. 
Dayton. Missions giving in North America is up 
from $393 million in 1972 to $656 million in 1975. 
And while giving to all forms of church work in 
the U.S. and Canada has not kept pace with 
inflation, giving for missions outstripped inflation 
by 29 per cent. 

The new Mission Handbook, published tri- 
ennially by MARC, has information on 620 Prot- 
estant agencies working in 182 countries outside 
the U.S. and Canada. 

Young people appear to be more "turned on" 
and excited about missions, Dayton observed. 
Mission agencies have responded to this interest. 
Sixty per cent of the agencies reported that they 
have developed summer youth programs. The 
agencies are pleased with the results — 25 per cent 
of those who serve for short terms become career 

Zaire returns schools to churches; 
3 million students involved 

New York (EP News) — Churches in Zaire are 
being allowed to resume operating primary and 
secondary schools that were taken over by the 
government in 1974. 

Reports indicate that the transfer involves more 
than three million students and 80,000 teachers. 
Even when the government nationalized the pri- 
mary and secondary schools, 80 per cent of the 
public schools continued to be administered by 
various church groups. 

According to the Rev. Juel Nordby, executive 
secretary in the Africa office of the United Meth- 
odist Church's World Division, the Zairian church- 
es have agreed to take back the schools with the 
understanding that religion can be taught and 
that the government will continue regular sub- 
sidies for teachers' salaries and maintenance. 


Mr. & Mrs. Earl Smith, 52nd, March 25. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Elkhart, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Hanna, 64th, March 19. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. 
Mr. & Mi-s. William Nice, 50th, Jan. 21. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. 

April 1977 



"God's Word" theme for 35th Annua 

NAE Convention 

"God's Word: Our Infallible Guide" was the 
theme of the 35th Annual Convention of the 
National Association of Evangelicals held in 
Chicago's Arlington Park Hilton February 22-24, 

Thirteen Brethren people attended the conven- 
tion in Chicago. Those attending were: Rev. & 
Mrs. Raymond Aspinall, Rev. Eugene Beekley, 
Rev. James Black, Rev. Gene Eckerley, Rev. & 
Mrs. Spencer Gentle, Rev. Arden Gilmer, Rev. 
M. Virgil Ingraham, Rev. Marlin McCann, Rev. 
Smith Rose, and Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Shultz. 

Rev. Don Moomaw, pastor of Bel Air Presby- 
terian Church in Los Angeles, spoke to this theme 
at the opening evening session of the convention. 
"My premise," Moomaw stated, "is that the Word 
of God, written and living, is the Christian's 
infallible authority for guidance toward an effec- 
tive, purposeful, happy, serviceable, God-honoring 

However, my question is: How many of us are 
really open to be guided by the Word? We have 
often trivialized the Word by making it relate to 
relatively safe issues such as Sunday worship 
observance, drinking, adultery, divorce — issues 
which are black and white to most of us. We 
evangelicals have been negligent in following the 
Word in areas of ethics and social practice." 

Moomaw continued, "We talk about winning 
the world for Christ, while we judge, criticize 
and ignore the poor, destitute, socially scarred 
individuals who live next door, down the street 
or across town. We follow the Word in condemning 
divorce and disintegration of the home, while at 
the same time our own homes reek with abusive 
legalism and dehumanizing lovelessness. We follow 
the Word in preaching the 'good news to the poor' 
while we ignore the forces of injustice which keep 
the poor poor. 

"We need today to grasp the radical, life-judging, 
spirit-lifting Word of God," Moomaw concluded, 
"with all its demands and difficulties, its power 
and provision for all our lives and the lives of 
all humanity." 

Moomaw was one of three evening speakers 
featured at the convention. Rev. Luis Palau, South 
American evangelist and president of Overseas 
Crusades, spoke the second night of the convention. 
Then the closing message of the convention was 
delivered by Mr. Charles Colson, author of the 
best selling book Born Again. 

The two morning Bible study and prayer 
sessions at the convention were lead by Dr. Dennis 
Kinlaw, president of Asbury College. Nearly 700 
people attended each of these two sessions. 

"The secular world would like to keep Jesus 

NAE photo 

Evangelist Luis Palau spoke before a thousand evangelical leaders at NAE's 35th Annual Convention 
in Chicago. Palau told the audience that evangelicals must ask themselves if they have given out the 
Word of God as purely as they know how. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Christ in the past, safely dead," stated Dr. Kinlaw 
during the Wednesday morning session. "Chris- 
tians have no right to let them live in such 

Kinlaw's address, based on the first and last 
chapters of Revelation, brought home the fact 
that Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the 
beginning and the end. Said Kinlaw: "We all have 
a date with destiny. That destiny resides in God's 

Authorities led workshops 

In addition to the three featured evening speak- 
ers and the Bible session leader, there were num- 
erous other luncheon and workshop speakers at 
the convention. Those leading these luncheons and 
workshops included top authorities in such fields 
as missions, world relief, social concerns, broad- 
casting, and education. 

Evangelist Luis Palau, in his address to the 
plenary session on Wednesday night of the con- 
vention, spoke of Christ's ability to change lives. 
Said Palau: 

"The Christ who can use an illiterate Christian 
man to lead doctors to Christ; who can change 
the heart of a persecuting South American leader 
enough so he opens his country to an evangelistic 
crusade; who can work in a president's life 
through the New Testament so he supplies every 
student with a Bible, can change lives." Palau's 
sense of humor and enthusiasm delighted the 
crowd which packed the Arlington Park ballroom. 

There were two NAE business sessions held at 
the convention. During one of these a position 
paper on biblical authority was adopted. This 
paper, in quoting Hebrews 1:1-2 and II Timothy 
3:16-17, affirmed three facts: 1) God has spoken 
by the prophets — a revelation through the spoken 
word of men inspired by His Spirit. 2) God has 
spoken by the Son — a revelation through Jesus 
Christ the incarnate Word. 3) God has spoken 
by the Scriptures — a revelation through the living 
Word which is the powerful, sharp, piercing, dis- 
cerning and wholly trustworthy written Word. 

The paper concluded: "Having affirmed our 
confidence in the Word of God, we now dedicate 
ourselves to be doers of the Word and not hearers 
only, living in obedience to all that Scripture 

Resolutions passed 

During the business session on Feb. 24th, three 
resolutions were passed by the convention dele- 
gates. The first of these called upon Christians 
everywhere to unite in prayer and protest on 
behalf of Christians and all others who suffer 
from the actions of President Amin and his gov- 
ernment in Uganda. It called upon our govern- 
ment, the United Nations, and all people to join 
in worldwide protest. 

A second resolution was a call to nationwide 
repentance, dealing with a number of critical 
social problems. The third resolution related 
specifically to the use of force in society. "While 
we represent a wide constituency in our views 
of the place and type of military preparation for 
defense to protect the welfare and provide for 

NAE photo 

Born Again author Charles Colson reminded 
NAE delegates that Christians "should draw up our 
own agenda, not letting the world shape it for us." 

our domestic tranquility, we unite in deploring 
the mind-set that assumes the only way to solve 
problems is by might and power (Zechariah 4:6). 
We should never forget that we are to love our 
enemies (Matthew 5:43-48) and overcome evil 
with good (Romans 12:14-21)." 

Another important event at the convention was 
the dedication of a National Association of Evan- 
gelicals building site. On Tuesday afternoon, 
Feb. 22, a service of dedication was held at the 
site in Carol Stream, Illinois, where the new 
Evangelical Center will be built by the NAE. 

"The Evangelical Center comes at a strategic 
time," said Edward J. Hales, building campaign 
chairman, in his comments to the audience. 
"Evangelicals have never had the visibility we 
have right now. This building can serve as a con- 
crete expression of where evangelicals are today. 

Colson calls for action 

The convention was brought to a close by the 
rddress of Mr. Charles Colson on Thursday night, 
Feb. 24. In his address Colson said, "There can 
be no doubt. We have the capacity through the 
pov/er of the risen Christ to do that which billions 
of dollars and dozens of new concrete fortresses 
can never do — to begin to attack the cause of 
crime, to reduce the recidivism rate, and, at the 
same time, alleviate the vicious inhumanity which 
society now visits upon our brothers and sisters 
behind bars." 

(continued on page 33) 

April 1977 


benevolent care 

Senior Citizen of the Year 

Senior Citizen Church Award 

Local Senior Citizens are being honored 
while plans are underway for national 

THE 1977 Senior Citizen of the Year 
program, sponsored by the Benevolent 
Board, will culminate in the national 
awards presentation during General Con- 

Local nominees have already been select- 
ed in some churches, but others are plan- 
ning their Senior Citizen Week for the 
alternate date of June 13-19. 

The Benevolent Board urges all congre- 
gations to participate in this program by 
selecting a local nominee and submitting 
his or her name for national consideration. 
Be sure to give full and complete informa- 
tion on the application, especially why the 
individual was selected. This will greatly 
aid the committee in its difficult task of 
selecting the national Senior Citizen of the 

A new feature added this year is the 
Senior Citizen Church Award. Our purpose 
for this program is: 

1. To encourage group activities in 
the local church for/by Senior 

2. To recognize a local church for its 
participation in a program for/by 
Senior Citizens. 

Recognition for the church with the most 
unique or active program for/by Senior 
Citizens will be given along with the Senior 
Citizen of the Year award at a special ban- 
quet during General Conference. 

Nomination forms for both programs 
were included in the Senior Citizen of the 
Year brochure sent to all churches. More 
brochures are available from the Benevolent 

Board office if needed. All nominations for 
both programs must be submitted no later 
than July 15, 1977 to : 


524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

The Senior Citizen of the Year program 
was very successful last year, as all ages 
had the opportunity to honor our Senior 
Citizens. One of the highlights of the 1976 
Bicentennial Conference in Ashland was 
the testimony of Mrs. Bessie Grove, a 
Senior Citizen of the Brighton Chapel, 
Indiana, Brethren Church. Now we want 
to present Bessie's testimony to all our 

Bessie Grove is a member of the Brighton 
Chapel congregation in Brighton, Ind. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Let's Just Praise the Lord 

Bessie Grove, Senior Citizen from Brigh- 
ton, shares the testimony of her life as a 

OUR theme this year is "Heritage of 
Hope," with one of the subtitles being 
"Hope out of the Past." If it were not 
for our great forefathers, there may never 
have been a Brethren Church. We have 
had a great heritage passed on to us. What 
are we going to do with it? Let's keep it 
and press on in His holy name. I'm so 
proud of our Brethren heritage. 

I was born in St. James, Maryland, 
where my father. Rev. I. D. Bowman, was 
pastor. This was one of the 22 churches 
he helped build. My father was a good 
pastor and a great evangelist, preaching 
from two to eight weeks at a time and 
winning approximately 6,000 souls to 
Christ through his ministry. 

When I was two years old, we moved 
to Ashland, Ohio. We lived a short time 
in J. Allen Miller Dorm and then in a big 
house where the folks roomed and boarded 
students. Father visited churches, raising 
funds to save the college. His efforts were 
successful. He held the deed for six years 
and then turned it over to Ashland College. 

At the age of six we moved to Philadel- 
phia. Father pastored and built several 
churches there while our family grew to 
nine children. Early Sunday evenings a 
group of us would take our folding organ 
and trumpets, go to Broad Street, and 
hold outdoor services. We drew quite a 
crowd ! 

I was a bashful child, but you can get 
over it; I did. When I was 12 years old, 
I was asked to play for Christian En- 
deavor. Father said, "Bessie, you play," 
and I played. I still play, sing in the choir 
when needed, and do solos when asked. I 
am corresponding secretary for WMS. 
Every Tuesday for five years we have 
been going to one of our nursing homes. 
The dear folks there love the good old 
hymns, and it is such a joy to help them 
sing for an hour. 

I am so proud of our dear young folks, 
as they will be the future of our church. 
Being a Christian is no bed of roses, so 

no matter what trial or sorrow comes, just 
lean harder on the Lord. 

When I was a young mother and min- 
ister's wife, I'd get blue and discouraged. 
We had an old pump organ, and I would 
sing and play a favorite hymn with tears 
rolling down my cheeks. As I played and 
sang the four verses, I felt so much better, 
so I'll share the first verse and chorus 
with you: 

Never be sad or despondent. 
If thou hast faith to believe, 
Grace for the duties before you. 
Ask of thy God and receive. 
Never give up, never give up. 
Never give up to thy sorrows, 
Jesus will bid them depart. 
Trust in the Lord, trust in the Lord 
Sing when your trials are greatest. 
Trust in the Lord and take heart. 

It is wonderful to be a Christian! There 
is joy in serving Jesus. 

I went through many trials and sorrows. 
In 1918 we were struck with the terrible 
Spanish Influenza. My dear husband died 
and 14 in our family were ill. I wanted to 
die too, but we had three lovely children 
for whom I had to live. As I learned more 
and more to trust the Lord, it became 
easier to go on. The way was rough, but 
I had Jesus by my side. I went to work to 
support my family. I have many friends 
and dear children; I love people! 

When Father was pastor, he always 
reminded us to shake hands and speak to 
everyone. It gets to be a habit and at 89 
I still do it. 

I am counting on you dear young people 
to be very friendly, happy, loving members 
of our church. We have so much for which 
to praise and thank the Lord. I was near 
death's door twice but, through prayer, I 
was raised up and will live for our dear 
Lord and Savior as long as He gives me 

"Let's Just Praise The Lord." God 
bless you! 

April 1977 




Seniors in Your Community 

CONGREGATIONS have inquired about 
what they might do for/with their 
senior citizens. One of the steps in formula- 
ting a program for seniors is to determine 
the needs of that group in the community. 
Once this is done, the church's older citizens 
can plan action to meet these needs. 

The Benevolent Board has designed a 
survey to be utilized in determining your 
community's needs. Use this to begin sig- 

nificant planning and programing. 

This survey could be conducted several 
ways: in the church, door-to-door contact 
with the elderly in the community, at a 
senior citizen center, if one is in operation. 
Results of the survey will have to be tab- 
ulated to locate the area of greatest need. 
Then the group can organize a program 
or programs to meet the apparent needs of 
the community. 

Community Survey 

Check those below that apply to your church and community: 

A city-wide or area-wide information and 

referral center. 

An area agency on aging, local council, 

or advocate agency. 

Transportation and/or escort services for 

the elderly. (FISH, Council on Aging, etc.) 

A senior center or centers, offering social 

activities, recreation, education, and a 

setting for community services. 

Health care services, including: 

health clinic 

health maintenance organization 

health screening program. 

In-home services, including: 

visiting nurse service 

home-health service 

homemaker service 

handyman service 

telephone reassurance 

friendly visiting 


Nursing home or homes with high stan- 
dards and a wide range of fees. 
Day Care Center for elderly, possibly with 
weekend or vacation care available. 
Group meals program, providing a social 
setting for improved nutrition for older 
Recreation activities for seniors. 

Library, museum, art gallery, and per- 
forming arts programs for older people. 

Adult education opportunities. 

Senior Citizen discounts at stores, restau- 
rants, etc. 

Job opportunities. 

Volunteer opportunities. 

Senior talent pool. 

Senior citizens employment service or job 

Legal aid and general counseling. 

Obtaining large print books for church 

members and the church library. 
Taping sermons for elderly shut-ins. 

Low-rent public housing for the elderly. 

Obtaining sound equipment for church 

use, possibly earphones for elderly. 

A range of moderate-income housing, for 

sale and rent. 

Repair and renovation program for exist- 
ing "elderly housing." 

Property tax relief for older Americans. 

Utility rate reductions for older Americans. 

Craft center where elderly can teach their 

crafts to others. 

Government sponsored programs such as 

Foster Grandparents, Service Corps of 
Retired Executives (SCORE) advising 
businesses. Senior Companion Program, 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Act ion for Seniors 

Gray Panthers continue to take action on 
behalf of Senior Citizens. 

cial worker, and five friends set out 
seven years ago in Philadelphia to do some- 
thing about improving the quality of life 
for older Americans. This movement has 
grown into the Gray Panther organization, 
which lives up to its militant connotations 
and efforts on behalf of seniors. 

Maggie's own views are reflected in such 
statements as: 
— "I do not regard wrinkles as hazards but 

as badges of distinction." 
— "Our outrage is properly directed against 
agencies that purport to serve our needs : 
nursing homes without nurses, medicare 
without a dollar for prevention of ill- 
ness, retirement homes with admission 
fees of $10,000 minimum and no say 
about how our life's savings will be 
— "Sex doesn't end when you reach your 

— "Some of us consider the standard-brand 
golden-age clubs as little more than 
glorified play pens." 
Some older Americans might choose to 
deal with one or more of the many issues 
that affect both the aged and the young: 
housing, transportation, health, safety, pen- 
sion and social security reform, home man- 
agement, education, recreation and social 

The Gray Panthers emphasize direct 
action on such problems, as shown by the 
following examples: 

— The Panthers took part in piaketing the 
White House recently. There were shouts 
of "Food for people, not for profit!" in 
protest against proposed cuts in the 
food-stamp program. 
— The Panthers staged a rally at a shopping 
mall in New Jersey to dramatize their 
demand that merchants who accept credit 
cards be required to give 5 per cent dis- 
counts to customers paying cash. 
— Fifty Panthers in Portland, Oregon, 
marched on State medicare headquarters 
to protest alleged shortcomings in the 
program. Panthers carrying lighted can- 
dles visited 30 State legislators in an 
appeal for lower electricity rates. 

— Panthers have picketed businesses that 
discriminate against the elderly in hiring 
policies and are planning more such 
activities. They have formed national 
task forces on housing, health, hunger, 
and "a new economic system" to further 
their goals. 

An organization of old people and young 
people working together militantly for 
social change, the Gray Panthers insist that 
"no one should die before his life is over." 
Maggie Kuhn offers numerous suggestions 
as to the services which elders may render. 
They might be observers in many places: 
in hospital emergency rooms (to assure 
adequate treatment of all persons) or in 
courtrooms and legislative chambers (to 
encourage equal justice). Persons skilled in 
some trade could teach that trade to young 
people. Retired clergy might serve as ethical 
consultants to business corporations facing 
important decisions. Again, in a rapidly 
changing society, many of whose members 
suffer severe emotional stress, senior citi- 
zens are eminently equipped to be of aid. 
After all, they have lived through unpre- 
cedented rapid change, have adjusted to it, 
and have become masters of the art of 

The church must act! It must make the 
aged conscious of their enslavement to the 
idle trivialities to which they have been 
consigned by a society that has set them 
aside as no longer needed. The aged are 
needed — how badly, they themselves can 
discover as they work with the churches, 
as well as with industry, labor organiza- 
tions, schools, government and community 
groups, to identify the terrible short- 
comings of our society and seek remedies. 

A ministry of elders prepared for their 
task can work wonders. Of course, such a 
ministry must be flexible to allow for the 
varying capabilities of the seniors and to 
provide ample opportunity for recreation, 
travel, study and relaxation. Retirement can 
become a liberating, joyful experience that 
all of us might look forward to eagerly. 
Remember the Gray Panthers admonition: 
"No one should die before his life is over." 

April 1977 



Women, We Can Do It 

a review by Nancy Van Meter 

Women, We Can Do It by Irene Conlan (Regal 
Books, 1976, 128 pp., $2.95 paperback). 

If you are an American who loves your country 
— woman or man — you should read this book. 
It doesn't take long to read the 128 pages, but 
the contents will really shake you up! 

Irene Conlan is the wife of Arizona Congress- 
man John Conlan. She lives in Washington, D.C., 
with her husband and family and is personally 
active in organizing and maintaining Bible study 
groups among other Congressional wives. A first- 
hand glimpse of her personal life is gained from 
this book. 

Mrs. Conlan's purpose in writing the book, how- 
ever, is to make the reader aware of certain 
goings-on in our government that are eating away 
at our freedoms. Very slowly, subtly, and surely 
our freedoms are being eaten away — unless, of 
course, we do our part to make things right. 

Specific targets she discusses include: our 
educational system, the family unit and moral 
standards, crime, and inflation. 

Mrs. Conlan warns us that if we just sit around 
and don't get involved in the political picture — 
from community to country — we will wake up 
some day to a society completely controlled by 
the government. The freedoms we have enjoyed 
will be lost. 

Mrs. Conlan gives some good basic guidelines 
as to how you can become involved and do your 
part to preserve what we have. Her specific 
examples are true and shocking. 

But as Christians, we can make changes. She 
says, "Working together as one body, using our 
gifts tirelessly for the cause of Christ in our 
nation, we can keep the doors of freedom open 
for the proclamation of the gospel. We can keep 
our country 'One Nation Under God.' " 

Women, We Can Do It! is a book that every 
concerned Christian should read. 

Nancy Van Meter, of Ashland, Ohio, is active in 
community affairs. Her husband, Tom, is an Ohio 
State senator. 



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Being Physically Fit 

A Time For Fitness, by Fran Carlton (Word 
Books, 1976, 95 pp., $4.95 cloth). 

This book talks about the subject of being fit. 
The author says that we are God's temple and 
must keep our bodies holy. The book contains a 
daily exercise guide for the Christian, plus addi- 
tional exercises for special figure problems. 

Fran Carlton conducts television programs and 
urges everybody to exercise. "My platform is 
Romans 12:1," affirms Fran. "I plead with you 
to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living 
sacrifice, holy — the kind he can accept. When you 
think of what he has done for you, is this too 
much to ask?" (Living Bible). 

Fran also encourages exercising with a group 
of friends, so you can keep an eye on each other 
and not let one another get discouraged. 

After you exercise and become fit, you'll not 
only feel better and look better, you'll even like 
yourself more. And you'll be returning a better 
and improved gift of yourself to God. 

I enjoyed this book very much. Because of this 
book I now have a fun exercise program, and I 
am beginning to enjoy life at its fullest. 

— Val Rowsey 

Val Rowsey is a high school freshman from 
Ashland, Ohio. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Learning from Others 

All Originality Makes a Dull Church by Dan 

Baumann (Vision House Publishers, 1976, 141 pp., 

Dan Baumann's first sentence reveals the tone 
of his book: "I love the church; always have!" 
This affirmative declaration grabbed my attention 
and whetted my appetite for the tasty morsels 
to follow. The book's title expresses Dr. Baumann's 
belief that a church does not have to learn every- 
thing from experience. "Lessons learned by any 
local fellowship of believers ought to be the 
common property of the entire body of Christ," 
he says. 

Writing from this conviction, the author pro- 
ceeds to look at nine churches which have 
pioneered with certain successful methods and 
structures. Using these churches, he illustrates 
five categories: The soul- winning church, the 
classroom church, the life-situation church, the 
social action church, and the general practitioner 
church. Each church is presented through infor- 
mative material regarding the community in 
which the church is located, the history and 
characteristics of the church, and the program of 
the church. The discussion of each church con- 
cludes by highlighting the principles utilized by 
that church which are transferable to other 
churches. This is one of the most helpful features 
of the book. 

Dr. Baumann is well aware of the fact that 
methods and programs are not necessarily trans- 
ferable, but principles are. Be a gleaner, be an 
optimist, be an innovator, provide options within 
your church, be as diversified as your community, 
interesting expository preaching is universally 
appreciated, go where the people are, equip for 
ministry and aggressive leadership are some of 
the twenty-six transferable principles illustrated 
throughout the book. 

Pastor Baumann writes from the conviction 
that a static church is unhealthy because it is 
unbiblical. But he presents his conviction in posi- 
tive and instructive language, which speaks 
equally well to both laity and clergy. His desire 
to speak to both groups comes through in the 
major divisions of his last chapter: "A Personal 
Word for Lay People" and "A Personal Word for 

If you and your church are asking, "How can 
we be more effective? What do we do? Where 
do we begin? Which model do we follow? What 
are the answers for our church?" you will find 
this book full of practical, useable ideas. Reading 
it will inspire you to begin thinking creatively 
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit about 
methods you and your church can use to reach 
your community for Christ. 

— Arden E. Gilmer 

Arden Gilmer is director of home missions for 
the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 

Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; 
and some few to be chewed and digested. 

— Bacon 

His Tender Grapes 

His Tender Grapes by Scott D. Waffle (Regal 
Books, 1976, 159 pp., $2.95). 

Scott Waffle is a former newsman and military 
press officer. The tale of how he and the story 
came together, as told in the introduction, could 
make a book in itself. 

This book reads like a novel. The author weaves 
together the account of Suzy, a young career girl 
who had everything but was ready to commit 
suicide, and the growth of "The Greenhouse," an 
outreach of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church 
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

"The Greenhouse" began as "The Tuesday Night 
Thing" in the home of Rene and Virginia Schmidt, 
members of the Coral Ridge Church. It's growth 
forced a move by the Schmidts and a later pur- 
chase of an additional building and more land 
for parking next to their house. The Tuesday 
night meeting expanded to six nights and some 
mornings, with some of its own staff as well as 
help from the church. 

This has been one of those exciting books I 
found hard to put down. It is well written and 
has an exciting theme of how God is working 
today. Several times I stopped reading just to 
praise God for the way he worked in the lives 
of the Schmidts and in the lives of those working 
with them and reached through them. 

I recommend this as light but inspiring reading 
for those interested in Church Growth. I also 
recommend it for young people beginning their 
careers, as they examine their relationship with 
the Lord. 

— John Rowsey 

April 1977 


Maximum Marriage 

Maximum Marriage by Tim Timmons (Revell, 
1976, 128 pp., $4.95). 

A "maximum marriage" can be the description 
of any marriage as long as we have the correct 
biblical understanding of God's intention for our 
lives and make this application to our lives. Dr. 
Tim Timmons' book. Maximum Marriage, is a 
great handbook and guide for any marriage 
whether that marriage is minimum or even 
average. Why not experience the maximum? 

This book reveals common pitfalls and covers 
such topics as biblical love, blessings (and how 
to give them), spiritual communication, biblical 
lovemaking, God's design for the family, and 
much more. Biblical roles of headship and sub- 
mission are described, along with misconceptions 
of each role. These insights are refreshing, as the 
true model of headship, Jesus, is shared with the 

Speaking from the personal level, along with 
in-depth study in the area of dynamics of mar- 
riage. Dr. Timmons points out biblical commands 
and practical remedies for general marital prob- 
lems. The suggested solutions may not be specific, 
since each marriage is an individual situation. 

I suggest that all couples considering marriage 
or presently married read this book. It is never 
too late to have a "maximum marriage." 

— Donna Simmons 

Donna Simmons is a seminary student's wife em- 
ployed by A. L. Garber Co. in Ashland. 


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The Best Half of Life 

The Best Half of Life by Ray and Anne Ortlund 
(Regal Books, 1976, 127 pp., $2.95). 

I picked this one up mainly because I was 
familiar with other writings by Ray Ortlund, in 
particular Lord, Make My Life a Miracle. I was 
also enticed by the first page: "If you're between 
35 and 50 how would you describe yourself . . . 
Getting better or just getting older . . . Yes, today 
is the first day of the best half of your life. . . ." 

The Ortlunds discuss the source of vitality — 
enthusiasm. They make a major emphasis of the 
use of time — making the most of now and antici- 
pating the future by planning. The book is per- 
sonal, including a chapter written on Ray's fiftieth 
birthday, but also includes ideas on living this 
"best half of life." 

There is an exciting chapter "About Your 
Money" which is challenging for any age group. 
"What is your money for? It's a way God directs 
and leads you . . . It's to unite in a wonderful way 
the family of God. . . ." Another thought provoking 
chapter is based on the thought "Invest yourself 
in those who will invest themselves in others! 
Extend your life!" 

The final paragraph of the epilogue says it 
well: "Put down your book and glasses. The one 
coming toward you is no enemy, no ghost, no 
person to be dreaded or feared. Praise God, and 
put out your hand in sincere eagerness to the 
Future You." 

— John Rowsey 

Book on Ark sells million copies 

Salt Lake City (EP News)— The book In Search 
of Noah's Ark, written by Dave Balsiger and film 
producer Charles E. Sellier, Jr., has sold one 
million copies in eight months, according to Alan 
Burks, director of the book division of Schick 
Sun Classic Productions. 

Also riding high on the popularity scales is the 
motion picture of the same title, which has been 
playing throughout the U.S. 

That is a good book which is opened with expec- 
tation, and closed with delight and profit. 

—A. B. Alcott 


The Brethren Evangelist 

church growth forum 

by Arden Gilmer 

"Raison d'etre" 

Defining your church's "reason for exist- 
ing" is essential to effective ministry. 

Last month we visited an official board whichi 
was limited in its vision and floundering in its 
decision making because it was either unsure or 
unaware of its mission. Developing a specific 
statement of purpose would be a thought- 
provoking, inspiring, and beneficial experience 
for that church. Your church would also profit 
greatly by having a written statement of purpose. 

A statement of purpose is based on the universal 
purposes of the church as revealed in Scripture. 
We often assume that all members of the church 
are aware of these purposes. In many cases, that 
is an incorrect assumption. The statement of 
purpose also relates the purpose of the church 
to the community in which it is located. Therefore, 
a statement of purpose should express how that 
particular Brethren church believes it should 
conduct itself, so that it is both a truly biblical 
church and the most relevant possible church for 
its specific community. 

Lyle Schaller, in his book. The Local Church 
Looks to the Future, suggests a three point out- 
line for writing a statement of purpose: 1) Con- 
gregational Care covers items which are entirely 
or largely oriented to members of the church, such 
as corporate worship, pastoral care, fellowship, 
education, nurture, etc. 2) Outreach and Evan- 
gelism focuses on people outside the church and 
the imperative placed upon the church to go out 
and reach people in their own community with 
the good news of Jesus Christ. 3) Witness and 
Mission deals with the church's responsibility to 
take the gospel to all the world. 

In Lord, Make My Life a Miracle, Dr. Ray 
Ortlund describes how his church developed a 
philosophy of ministry. Members of the church 
were asked to sign their names if they would make 
these three personal commitments: "Number one: 
At whatever stage you are spiritually, commit 
your heart anew to the Person of God Himself 
in Jesus Christ. Number two: Commit yourself to 
the Body of Christ, to be in a regular small group 
of believers, small enough so that you can be 
personally accountable to them for your growth, 
and personally responsible for their growth. 
Number three: Commit yourself to the world, to 
your work in this world, and to your witness to 
it. Make it specific enough to vow to love one 
person to Jesus and into the fellowship of the 
church by next Easter." 

These three personal commitments became the 
foundation of the philosophy of ministry for his 
church expressed as first, commitment to God and 
Christ; second, commitment to the Body of Christ, 

His Church; and third, commitment to the work 
of Christ in the world, the task God gives us to 

The Fellowship Bible Church of Dallas, Texas, 
has developed a philosophy of ministry committed 
to a balance between instruction, fellowship, and 
witnessing. To become mature believers they 
emphasize the need for: 1) having vital learning 
experiences with the Word of God; 2) having 
vital relational experiences with God and other 
believers; and 3) having vital witnessing experi- 
ences with the unsaved world. 

There must be balance 

Pastor Gene Getz asserts that an emphasis on 
any one, or even two, of these three norms for 
church life creates an unhealthy, carnal congre- 
gation. A mature church will discover a balance 
of all three. Church program and structure is 
developed on the basis of these three objectives. 
The result is program with a purpose instead of 
a random assortment of unrelated activities which 
have no unified thrust. Everything done in the 
church and by the church is geared to meeting 
these three objectives. 

Several distinct benefits are derived from a 
good statement of purpose. It becomes the founda- 
tion for establishing meaningful goals and build- 
ing worthwhile programs. Such a statement is a 
tremendous tool for communicating to the church 
members so that they come to a common under- 
standing of the purpose of their church. Greater 
unity will result in a church which knows its 
reason for existence, because members will be 
channeling their energies in the same direction. 
The statement of purpose makes it possible to 
evaluate objectively the various programs of the 
church and to determine what new programs to 
initiate, which current programs to maintain, 
which ones to revamp and strengthen, and which 
ones to eliminate. Those programs which are not 
fulfilling any facet of the statement of purpose 
are not worthy of the investment of time and 
energy needed to maintain them. 

Do your official board, congregation, and pastor 
make their decisions on the basis of a biblically 
based and balanced statement of purpose to which 
they are wholeheartedly committed? If not, now 
is the time to prayerfully develop a statement of 
purpose which will enable your church to be 
everything that God wants it to be and to do those 
things which God wants it to do. 

April 1977 





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written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

A MeefJng Place 

Too May stopped at the entrance of her home 
and took off her shoes. Then she opened the door 
and went inside. 

"Mother," she called. 

"Here I am," answered Mother. "In the kitchen." 

Too May went through the living room to the 

"Look at this paper," she said. "Mr. Loi gave 
it to me. He gave one to all the children. See, it 
has a picture of a man with children. There's a 
story about the man. He's called Jesus." 

Mother took the paper and looked at it. "This 
is a Christian paper," she said. "We are not 

"I know. Mother," rephed Too May. "But Mr. Loi 
talks about such interesting things. He will come 
to our neighborhood again if he has a place to 
meet the children. Please, Mother, may he teach 
in our yard?" 

"No," answered Mother firmly. 

Chinese children are taught never to argue with 
their parents. So Too May went silently from 
the room. 

Father had listened to the conversation. "Do 
you suppose it might be best to invite Mr. Loi to 
use our yard?" he suggested. 

"He teaches a foreign religion," said Mother. 

"Yes," Father agreed, "but if he is here we will 
know what he is telling Too May and her friends." 

"That's true," said Mother. "Then we can tell 
her where we disagree with Mr. Loi." 

Later that evening, as Too May was helping 
prepare the evening meal. Mother said, "I've been 
thinking about that Christian teacher. If you want 
him to use our yard it will be all right." 

"Oh, thank you!" said Too May. 

The next day she told Mr. Loi the good news. 
He went to see her parents that afternoon. 

"Good afternoon," said Mr. Loi with a slight 

"Good afternoon," replied Father and Mother. 

"I am David Loi." 

"Too May has told us about you. Please come 
in," said Father. 

Mr. Loi took off his shoes and went into the 

"Too May told me you have given permission 
for us to have a children's class in your yard," 
he said. 

"Yes," said Mother. "As long as your group does 
not destroy anything, or make a mess, you may 
meet here." 

"I like to meet my classes once a week," said 
Mr. Loi. "Will Thursday afternoons be all right?" 

"Yes, Thursday after school will be fine," agreed 

For many weeks Too May hurried home on 
Thursday after school. Her friends went with her. 

Mr. and Mrs. Loi came, too. They sang songs 
with the children. They showed them pictures. 
They told them stories about Jesus. They told 
how He loves all children. They told about His 
fishermen friends. The children liked the fisher- 
men stories. Many of their fathers were fishermen. 

Mr. Loi told them how important it is to accept 
Jesus as Savior and to be part of God's family. 

Every Thursday Too May's mother hstened from 
inside the house. 

One evening she said to her husband. "I don't 
like it. Too May is beginning to believe Mr. Loi. 
Soon she may give up our religion and become 
a Christian. 

"I will come home from work early next Thurs- 
day," said Father. "I will listen to what he says. 
Then we will decide what to do." 

(continued next month) 

Memory Time: "A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there 
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General Secretary's Notes 

Greetings ! 

Easter. It is such a special time of the year for 
us as Christians. Christ's resurrection! This is 
what has made our religion a personal relation- 
ship, not just the worship of a god. He is alive 
right now and can be found in people who allow 
Him to live in their hearts. 

I know Christ is alive in me because I sense 
His presence and His power. I knew He entered 
my heart when I asked Him years ago because 
of His promise to do so. He has been there ever 
since (sometimes covered by my selfish desires), 
speaking to me, listening to my praises and my 
cries for help, and being the closest and best friend 
there could be. 

I have also seen Christ in the lives of other 
Christians. His love flows out through people who 
are controlled by Him. A special smile or kindness 
when I feel down, a listening ear when I am 
upset, or a word of encouragement when I have 

Bible Theme: Walking with Jesus 

In Bethany 

Jesus liked to visit three friends who lived in 
the small village of Bethany. He stopped at their 
home whenever He went through their town. 

Mary and Martha and their brother, Lazarus, 
were always glad to see Him. When they knew 
He was coming they talked and planned for days. 

Martha was a good housekeeper. "We must 
clean the house before Jesus comes," she would 
say. Mary and Lazarus would help her. They would 
dust and sweep and scrub until everything was 
shining clean. 

Then at last they would see their Friend coming 
down the road. 

"It is Jesus!" Mary would say, excitedly, as she 
ran to meet Him. 

Mary liked to talk with Jesus. She forgot all 
about the work. She wanted to hear everything 
Jesus had to say. During His visit she was always 
close to Him. 

Martha continued to work hard while He was 
there. She went to the market early each morning 
to find the freshest fruits and vegetables. She 
baked good bread for each meal. She fixed His 
favorite foods. She wanted her Friend to be com- 
fortable and happy during His visit. 

Lazarus would tell Jesus of the many things 
he was doing. He would show Him the garden. 
He would tell Him of the people in the village 
who needed Him. He would take Jesus to visit 

Jesus spent many happy days with His friends 
in Bethany. 

—Based on Luke 10:38-42 

a problem are some ways that I see Jesus in 
others. Jesus comes to me in the people who come 
to me. 

God meant for it to be this way. He wants us 
to depend on others for the Christ they share. 
Christ's life in us is not separate from our life 
with each other. We should share with Christ at 
the same time as we share with our brothers and 
sisters in the Lord. Of course, we also need time 
alone with God, but fellowship with other believers 
is an essential ingredient of the Christian life. 

This fellowship isn't just "Christians being 
together," but your "being together as Christians." 
Ice cream socials and volleyball games may involve 
Christians being together, but listening to and 
sharing concerns, sharing Christ and His Word 
is fellowship, or "being together as Christians." 

I have experienced a close fellowship in the 
Brethren students' Bible study led by Charles 
Munson, here in Ashland. We share our concerns 
and joys, pray for each other, share Scriptures 
and words of help, and enjoy close relationships 
to carry each other through. I feel so much a part 
of this group that I miss being together from one 
week to the next. And when I can't go to one 
meeting, I miss seeing "the family." 

We share with God and with each other in one 
continuous line (it's not one line up to God and 
one line out to others, but one curved continuous 
line between us), for we are part of God, and 
He is part of us. It's exciting! 

Along with this goes an idea I shared with you 
a few months ago. By loving and caring for each 
other, we show our love to God. (Jesus said, "Inas- 
much as ye have done it unto the least of these 
my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 
25:40) The best way for us to show our love to 
God is by showing it to other people — those we 
live with every day, our friends, and strangers. 
It has to be a deliberate, conscious effort to show 
this love. God remembers that we love Him. We 
don't have to continue telling Him every minute 
of the day. That time should be used to express 
acts of love to others, and God will feel our love, 

I hope your own experiences help you under- 
stand these concepts. Each Christian needs to have 
fellowship with others and learn more about loving 
others. If you want to read more about these and 
other ideas on the Christian life, I encourage you 
to read Reuben Welch's short but dynamic book, 
We Really Do Need Each Other (Impact Books). 
He explains things in a simple, conversational 
style, and the book has really helped me grow. I 
think you would enjoy it, too. It would even be 
a good discussion starter for various group get- 
togethers. I pray that you will be blessed by it, as 
I have been. 

As we observe Easter, let's concentrate on oui* 
love in response to the love God showed in the 
sacrifice of His only Son. May God bless you. 

Yours through Christ's love, 

April 1977 



prepared by 
Romayne Flora 

Paul's Third Journey 

"So the word of the Lord grew and prevailed mightily." 

Acts 19:20 (RSV) 

In last month's study we left Paul at Antioch 
again (Acts 18:22). Read Acts 18:23. Paul was 
very concerned about the Christians in the church- 
es he had founded, so once more he set out to 
visit them. From Acts it would seem that he made 
this journey alone; there is no mention of anyone 
going with him. Paul was not a young man any- 
more, and such a journey through the mountains 
was a hazardous one at any age or at any time 
of the year. 

Acts 18:24 introduces us to a new character in 
our story, Apollos. He was from Alexandria, Egypt, 
where about one million Jews lived. He was well 
taught in the Old Testament and was a gifted 
speaker. By the teaching of Aquila and Priscilla, 
he learned of Jesus as the Savior of men. Apollos 
knew of the task Jesus gave to men, but he did 
not yet fully know of the help Jesus gave men 
to do it. After some time Apollos went to Corinth 
and worked with the Christians there. 

Chapter 19 is filled with events in Ephesus after 
Paul arrived there from his tour of the churches, 
Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, and perhaps others not 
recorded. Read Acts 19:11. "God did" things 
through Paul to testify that he was teaching 
people about the true God. The handkerchief was 
the band workers tied around their heads to keep 
sweat from running into their eyes. The apron 
would have been worn by Paul while working at 
his tentmaking. Remember, the New Testament 
was not yet written, so God worked in special 
ways that could be seen to show that Paul was 
his messenger. 


Ephesus was one of the great pagan cities of 
the world in the time of Paul. Pagan, because all 
kinds of gods were worshiped. There were charms 

Planning the Meeting 

1. Use your Bible Lands maps to follow Paul. 

2. For next month, the final study in Acts, read 
chapters 24-28. 

3. Use "Spreading the Gospel" in your program. 

4. Don't forget to bring your Bibles to the 

to wear and books to read telling what god or 
gods were supposed to do certain things. 

One of the seven wonders of the world was 
there in Ephesus — the great marble temple of 
Diana (the Roman name) or Artemis (the Greek 
name), a goddess. The temple was 425 feet long 
(a football field is 300 feet long), 220 feet wide 
(a gridiron is 150 feet wide), and 60 feet high 
(about as high as a 6 story building). Inside this 
temple was a huge statue of the goddess which 
was worshiped, especially in March-April, by 
thousands from different parts of the world of 
that day. The temple was several hundred years 
old when Paul was there. 

Paul in Ephesus 

Paul, as usual, began teaching in the synagogue, 
but after three months taught in a school. Here 
he taught during the vacant period of the school 
day. It was the custom to close school and busi- 
nesses from noon until late afternoon because of 
the heat in those lands. Paul stayed in Ephesus 
about three years, the longest he stayed in any 
one place. 

Tell the story found in Acts 19:13-20. "Jesus" 
means Savior, and before we can use His name 
we must ask Him to be our Savior. 

Acts 19:23-41 tells about a riot. What happened? 

The "silver shrines" were small models of the 
great temple — a souvenir for the pilgrims to take 
home. We buy souvenirs when we go on vaca- 
tions, and people were no different then. 

Ephesus today 

In 1963 my husband and I visited the ruins of 
ancient Ephesus. Archaeologists have been digging 
there for many years to uncover the buildings of 
the city, which have been destroyed through wars 
and earthquakes. Marble pillars and beautifully 
carved stones of buildings are everywhere. The 
main street was paved with huge slabs of white 
marble, and we walked that street. 

One of the most interesting places there is the 
theater where the riot took place. In 1963 very 
little work had been done to uncover it. But in 
1974 we returned to Ephesus, and all the dirt 
had been removed. It is a beautiful theatre, shaped 
like a half-round stadium cut into a hillside. It 
seated twenty-four thousand people. It is being 
used now for plays and concerts. 


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Paul goes +o Jerusalem 

After the riot in Ephesus, Paul left there and 
started on a journey to Jerusalem. Representatives 
of the churches joined him for the Jerusalem trip. 
Luke evidently joined Paul again at Philippi and 
was with him the rest of his life. Notice the "us" 
and "we" beginning in Acts 20:5,6. 

A stop was made at Troas. Acts 20:7-12 tells 
about a young man, Eutychus, who was in the 
service one night when Paul was preaching and 
teaching. What happened to him? The Christians 
could only attend services very early in the morn- 
ing, before they went to work, or at night, after 
they had worked all day and were dead tired. 
At that time there was no day of rest for worship. 

Read Acts 21:8. Here is Philip again. Do you 

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Spreading the Gospel 

The Gospel (Good News) was told by Paul and 
his helpers wherever they went. It has been esti- 
mated that Paul traveled 12,000 miles to tell the 
Jews and Gentiles about Jesus Christ. Nine thous- 
and miles of the 12,000 were on foot, by donkey, 
or perhaps, sometimes in a cart of a caravan. 

If Paul rode a donkey, he would have gone 
about the same speed as if he had been walking. 
Donkeys are mentioned several times in the Bible. 
They are small beasts and are still used in coun- 
tries of the Middle East as pack animals. They 
can carry heavy loads and just plod along in their 
little short steps. 

Remember the donkey Jesus used on Palm 
Sunday to ride into Jerusalem? There have been 
poems and stories written about that donkey. 
He had a glorious hour that day as he carried 
the Savior of the world. Today, donkeys are often 
beaten to make them trot faster, but when one 
brays, maybe he is saying, "I have had my day." 

Several years ago a missionary from the Holy 
Land, who was on furlough here in the States, 
told of the need for a donkey so he could go to 
outlying villages to preach the Gospel and give 
out tracts and New Testaments. A missionary 
group soon raised the $70 needed for the donkey. 

Did you know that the first mission project 
of the Sisterhood was to purchase a horse for 
the mission work in Kentucky? The year was 1914. 

NAE Convention Report 

(continued from page 21) 

Colson went on to challenge evangelicals to 
immediate Christian social action in the com- 
munities where they live. He said that we should 
look around, begin right in our own communities 
to see injustice, inhumanity and the neglect of 
human needs. 

Said Colson: "If we evangelicals can demon- 
strate to a disbelieving world the power of social 
action firmly rooted in Biblical truth, we will once 
again be directing the mainstream of the Church, 
and the Church will truly reflect the fullness of 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ." 

remember him preaching Christ to the Ethiopian 


Paul, Luke, and the seven representatives of 
the churches (Acts 20:4) arrived in Jerusalem 
and reported to the Church there what God had 
done among the Gentiles. 

It was the time of one of the great feasts, and 
Jewish pilgrims from all over the world were 
there. Someone said that Paul had taken a Gentile 
into the Temple, and with that untrue statement 
a riot was started. Tell what happened to Paul. 

Our study leaves Paul in prison at Caesarea 
(Acts 23:33), the capital of Roman government 
for the Jerusalem area. 

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finally, brethren 

. . . some thoughts to take ivith you! 

Enough to Eat 

A man had six 
sitting at his 
ready to eat. 

He spread for 

The first three 
became full, 
began dessert, 
and said: 

"Dear loving 


their daily food. 

won't you 
please feed 

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grabbed first — 

these hungry 

The father angrily 

leaving one 


and two with 



"1 gave enough 
food for all 
at the table. 
Where has it 


Part of the answer 

to our prayer on 


There Is enough 

If we care 

by Stephen J. Miller 

Reprinted from the November 21, 1976, issue of 
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"It's an 

"By the tens of thousands, 
U.S. youngsters are shifting 
from pubhc into private 
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& World Report. "The main 
reason parents are switching, 
sponsors contend, is that they 
are dissatisfied with the kind of 
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Christ is in the classroom." 

Says a seventh-grade public 
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the time at opposite poles of 
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"I want my son to get the same 
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Dr. Paul A. Kienel (executive director of the 
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Brian Moore looks at the 
concept of "church growth" and 
makes recommendations, begin- 
ning on page 4. {Cover and 
pages 5, 9, and 26 by Jon 

Vol. 99, No. 5 


May 1977 

4 Second Thoughts on Church Growth 

Is church growth just another passing fad? Should we look for 
another panacea? Brian Moore takes a hard look at the subject. 

6 Brethren Look to Florida 

Arden Gilmer provides an update on church planting, along 
with some important announcements about Operation Impact. 

9 Am I a Monkey's Uncle? 

Alvin Shifflett doesn't think so. 

Brethren Church Ministries 
11 Christian Education 

Equipping Youth for Ministry: 1977 Summer Crusader 
Program; "Emmy"; 1977 National BYC Convention; Prayer 

24 Missions 

The Needs Grow, the Work Grows; TV News. 

Depart nnents 
18 Update 

Including stories on the Ohio Conference Business Meeting; 
Laymen's Work and Worship Tour members; Brethren Bond 
of Prayer; staff changes at the Brethren Publishing Company; 
local Brethren church news; and news of the church around 
the world. 

28 Books 

Author Publishes First Book. 

30 Auxiliary Programs 
35 Editorial 

Third Thoughts on Church Growth. 

May 1977 

Second Thoughts 
on Church Growth 

Is church growth just another passing fad? 
Brian Moore takes a hard look at this question. 

WHEN a man thinks his thoughts in 
solitude, he may eventually find him- 
self far afield. But having been one of the 
fortunate ones to receive training at Fuller, 
do extensive required reading, and conduct 
seminars for the American Institute of 
Church Growth, I feel impelled to suggest 
some second thoughts. My "church growth 
eyes" are nowhere near 20/20 vision by 
any means, but I hope that what I have 
to say is not overly beset by astigmatism or 
myopia. There is little doubt that farsight- 
edness would be my problem. 

There is some opinion circulating that 
church growth emphases in the Brethren 
Church have run their course. The feeling 
of "That was nice; what's next?" may 
characterize some of our thinking. But I 
believe that we tend to drift toward this 
attitude because we have come to the 
subject of church growth with a subtle 
hope that this would be the panacea we 
were all looking for. Most of us have found 
no such thing in church growth. 

We have found that creating a task force 
on church growth after a seminar was no 
panacea either. To use possibility thinking 
in our sessions was (and is) tremendously 
helpful (though I wonder how much actual 
possibility thinking we have actually done). 
But that alone does not seem to solve our 
problems. For some, the alternatives seem 
to be to cry "help!" or to settle back and 

Brian Moore is pastor of the Ardmore Brethren 
Church in South Bend, hid. He is also a Church 
Growth Seminar One leader. 

Brian's article replaces Church Growth Forum 
this month. Watch for Arden Gilmer's column 
next month. You may address your own thoughts 
to Rev. Gilmer at 530 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

make friends with old "status quo," or both. 
If that is your temptation (and it is 
mine), let us think together of another 
course of action. Let me reinforce this 
course with a paraphrased adaptation of 
Hebrews 6:1-3 based on the New English 
translation : 
Let us then stop discussing the rudiments 
of church growth. We ought not to be laying 
over again the foundations of proven church 
growth principles, of charts and graphs, of 
Class I and Class II leaders, and the deadness 
of a "terminal illness." Instead, let us ad- 
vance towards maturity; and so we shall, 
if God permits. 

The whole point of what I want to say 
can be summarized this way : let us advance 
toward maturity in church growth! I still 
see in this approach more of the essential 
points of what the church is all about than 
I see in any other alternative. We do not 
disown our children because they do not 
grow up more quickly! We know, more or 
less, what to expect in the growth stages 
of children; let us be patient with the 
growth stages, if you please, of church 

The numbers game 

What will maturity in church growth 
look like? First, as we mature in this we 
will become less numbers-conscious and 
begin to see growth in all three vital areas — 
quantitative, qualitative, organizational. 

In our childish stage, we fear that church 
growth is just a numbers game. It was 
never, never, never intended to be that, 
but some have so interpreted it. That, how- 
ever, is the easiest temptation to which we 
fall prey. It is the most readily observable. 
The success stories we read all relate how 
the church has grown from 75 to 2000 in 
ten years, for example ! We think that that 


The Brethren Evangelist 

"We have come to the subject 
with a subtle hope that this 
would be the panacea we 
were all looking for. Most of 
us have found no such thing in 
church growth." 

is what it is all about. And when our graph 
is nosing its way toward the floor, we panic 
and conclude that we have a terminal 
illness and, like two lepers who sat near the 
gate of Samaria, almost decide to "sit here 
until we die"! 

As we mature, however, we will begin 
to look at numbers in the proper way: not 
as the goal or the sign of God's blessing 
or the proof that all is well in our church 
as well as in heaven! Maturity will begin 
to see us move away from a numbers- 
fixation into something deeper, more viable, 
and solid. 

Think what the Empire State Building 
would look like if it were built on the "muck- 
lands" of Celeryville, Ohio! Being the 
"tallest" is not the goal. It is an unworthy 
goal. Let us mature, relying upon statistics 
for the proper reason. 

Secondly, advancing toward maturity in 
church growth will see us move beyond 
just talking about the subject to the "nuts 
and bolts" — really doing something about 
what we have said. 

For example, having analyzed our church- 
es and having discovered that we have only 
1 Class II worker for every 50 Class I 
workers, what have we done about the 
situation? Wrung our hands, decided that 
that was terrible, concluded that there 
simply wasn't anything we could do about 
that, and dismissed the subject. 

Or, for another example, we know now 
that we must know not only ourselves, but 
also our community. "Find a need and fill 
it" is one of the slogans for growth. So we 
have said to each other, "Our community 
needs to know Jesus Christ as Lord and 
Savior." By that sweeping statement (how- 
ever much it is true), we think we have 
covered that point! 

But mature church growth thinking 
believes that your community is unique in 
many ways. We must discover its unique 
needs and begin to work on those. Every 
community needs to know Jesus Christ as 
Savior and Lord; no survey or research is 
necessary to discover that. As we advance 

toward maturity, let us not just talk about 
what we think our community needs. 
Instead, let's get in touch and find out! 

Until we have done something about 
developing Class II workers and until we 
have really worked to uncover the needs 
of our communities, for example, we cannot 
honestly say that church growth has run 
its course in the Brethren Church! 

Less conscious 

Thirdly, I believe that advancing toward 
maturity in church growth will find us 
less conscious of the subject itself. When 
we were learning to walk, every step was 
a conscious effort. All our energies were 
concentrated on walking; now we walk 
along without thinking about it at all! 

As church growth matures, the term 
itself may be heard less, but its ideas and 
principles will be a part of our total church 
experience. I believe that our 1977 General 
Conference theme, "Equipping for Min- 
istry," reflects a maturing of the church 
growth subject. We are glad to be able to 
refocus on something that is closer to the 
Lord's main priority for His Church: 
making disciples. It was getting uncom- 
fortable spending so much time and energy 
on emphasizing growth, something I con- 
sider to be an effect, not a cause. 

Have you been ready to bury church 
growth ? If I might misuse something Jesus 
said, "Let the dead bury the dead"! Church 
growth is dead only to those who are dead 
to it. "Let us," however, "advance towards 
maturity; and so we shall, if God permits." 

May 1977 

Operation Impact 


Look to Florida 

Arden Gilmer explains the concept behind 
this church planting venture and the latest 

THE United States needs more Brethren 
churches! The population of the U.S. 
is not only growing, it is also on the move. 
As populations move, churches die. But at 
the same time, whole new communities are 
being formed in large areas which have 
few churches. In 1900, 13% of the world's 
population lived in urban areas. Current 
estimates are that by the year 2000, 87% 
of the world's population will be urban. 

While this population movement is taking 
place, our Brethren churches remain rural. 
Of the 120 Brethren churches, only 16 
(13%) are in cities with a population of 
50,000 or more. Can we be faithful to the 
Great Commission of our Lord and not 
establish churches in the new communities 
being formed around our major population 
centers ? 

In the last few years much emphasis 
has been put on church growth in the 
Brethren Church. This emphasis has cen- 
tered on enlarging present congregations 
by winning new converts and integrating 
them into these churches. 

But this is only one facet of our task. 
It is not enough for churches to reach "the 

Operation Impact Timetable 

June 30 — Church planters located in target areas 
in Florida: Dale RuLon in Town and Country, 
and Keith Bennett in Brandon. 

July 11 - August 12 — Intensive training for church 

August 18 — Church planters commissioned at an 
historic General Conference service. 

August 18 — General Conference offering for 
Operation Impact. Goal: $10,000.00. 

September 11 — First services in new areas of 


harvest" where they are. We must follow 
the harvest fields. In order to do this, their 
must be a strategic multiplication of new 
congregations. Evangelistic harvest is not 
only concerned with increasing the size of 
present churches. It also makes the building 
of new churches both imperative and 
intrinsic to the harvesting process. New 
churches must be started. 

This pattern is amply illustrated in the 
New Testament, particularly in the work 
of the Apostle Paul. Paul didn't just travel 
around preaching the gospel. He understood 
his mission to include establishing new 
churches. These churches would then con- 
tinue the task of evangelism which he had 

The Missionary Board has been created 
by the Brethren denomination for the pur- 
pose of "extending the Gospel beyond the 
borders of The Brethren Church, both 
around the world and at home, by planting 
churches and fostering their growth." 
Desiring to be faithful to this mandate, 
the Missionary Board, in November of 1975, 
established a goal of planting ten new 
churches in the next five years. 

Research-based strategy 

Operation Impact, adopted by the Mis- 
sionary Board in August 1976, is one effort 
toward reaching this goal. The specific 
objective of Operation Impact is to estab- 
lish two new churches in Florida in 1977. 
Since the Brethren have no organized dis- 
trict in Florida, this project is one which 
can be supported by Brethren all over the 
United States. 

The Operation Impact plan called for a 
Spirit-led, research-based strategy. In a 
constant attitude of prayer, and experienc- 

The Brethren Evangelist 

ing the leading of the Holy Spirit, research- 
ers began gathering information about a 
six-county area on the Gulf of Florida. The 
area stretches from Pinellas County on 
the north to Lee County on the south. 
Material was gathered regarding population 
flow, economic trends, population mix, 
planning commission projections, etc. Inter- 
pretation of this data indicated that Hills- 
borough County had experienced a 43.9% 
population growth in the period from 1965 
to 1975. The median age for the county 
was 28.5 years, much lower than the other 
counties surveyed. Prayerful consideration 
of these facts pointed to the possibility of 
establishing new churches in this county. 
Further research was completed in Febr- 
uary as a team of workers, including people 
from the Sarasota and Bradenton Brethren 
Churches, did house-to-house surveys in 
sample areas of two of the fastest growing 
areas of Hillsborough County. The survey 
consisted of 65 questions which sought to 
determine people's attitudes regarding: 
1) their current lifestyles, 2) their religious 
beliefs, 3) their degree of satisfaction with 
their lives, and 4) their "felt needs." 
(There were also questions dealing with 
length of residence, age, marital status, 
educational achievement, and economic 
status.) The information gathered will be 
beneficial for developing programming in 
the new churches. 

As a result of the survey work, the 
Brandon, Florida, area and the Town and 
Country section of the Greater Tampa area 
were selected as places to attempt to 
establish new congregations. Both of these 
areas are in Hillsborough County. Brandon 
is about ten miles east of Tampa, and Town 
and Country is about six miles northwest 
of Tampa. They are also within easy driving 
distance of our churches in Sarasota, Brad- 
enton, and St. Petersburg. 

New churches can be established in a 
variety of ways. The method selected for 
Operation Impact was the placing of 
"church planters" in these areas. Several 
men were prayerfully interviewed about the 
possibility of functioning as church plant- 

Pastors selec+ed 

We are happy that the Reverend Dale 
RuLon and the Reverend Keith Bennett 
have responded affirmatively to the call to 
serve as church planters in Hillsborough 
County, Florida. Church planters must be 
men of God, motivated by the Holy Spirit 
and by a passion for souls, inspired by a 
vision of the harvest, patient but persistent 
in the face of adversity and discouragement, 
self-disciplined, and willing to try new 
methods which will result in people coming 
to Christ. In addition to meeting these 

Reaching the Goal 

The goal: ten new churches in five years 
How will the goal be accomplished? Through the 
following efforts (coordinated nationally by the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church accord- 
ing to adopted church planting guidelines): 

1. Through existing districts establishing new 

2. Through the national Missionary Board work- 
ing in areas outside existing district (ventures 
such as Operation Impact — the planting of 
two new churches in Florida in 1977) 

3. Through mother-daughter church planting (like 
Northwest Brethren Chapel, started by the 
Tucson, Ariz., Brethren Church; and the St. 
Charles City, Md., work started by the 
Washington, D.C., congregation) 

4. Through "tentmakers" 

5. Through strategic location of "seed families" 

6. Through faithful prayer and financial support 
of Brethren with a vision 

7. Through Growth Partners Club 

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Photo by Fred Burkey 
Jane Hendricks and Janet and Tim Solomon 
receive instructions from Arden Gilmer before 
beginning survey work in Brandon. 

May 1977 


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Dale RuLon (left) will plant 
the Town and Country congrega- 
tion. Dale is presently pastor of 
the Elkhart, IncL, First Brethren 
Church. He and his wife Donna 
have two children. 




Keith Bennett (right) will pastor 
the new Brandon church. Keith 
is currently pastor of the South 
Bend, Ind., First Brethren Church. 
He and his wife Marjorie have 
two children. 


qualifications, both of these men have 
demonstrated their willingness to be visible 
for Christ in their communities. 

In responding to God's call upon their 
lives, they are taking a real leap of faith. 
In their new ministries they will be faced 
with many unknowns and uncertainties. 
Much hard work and sanctified sweat will 
be required. But they have seen God's vision 
of the harvest and are responding as 
laborers in the harvest. Let's support them 
in every way. Since these men are serving 
not only the Lord, but also the Brethren 
Church, we must be faithful to support 
them with our prayers and with our 

The Operation Impact timetable calls for 
these men and their families to be located 
in rented housing in their respective areas 
by June 30 — Rev. RuLon in Town and 
Country and Rev. Bennett in Brandon. 
After a time of "settling in," they will re- 
turn to Ashland for a month-long period 
of intensive training geared to their new 
work. They will be formally commissioned 
as church planters at an historic, forward- 
looking service on Thursday night of Gen- 
eral Conference, then return to begin 
their ministries the week after General 

Ten+makers vital 

Another vital part of Operation Impact 
strategy involves the use of tentmakers. 
Tentmakers are lay men and women who 
will voluntarily and deliberately move to 
one of these new ministry areas in Florida. 
They will provide their own income and 
housing through secular employment. They 
will be completely self-supporting, but will 

provide ministry through the new church 
and become a part of a nucleus from which 
to build the new church. Some young- 
married couples make excellent candidates 
for tentmakers. Retired people who are still 
in good health should also consider a tent- 
making ministry. They can provide ex- 
ceptional ministry and leadership based on 
their years of Christian experience. 

If you are interested in a tentmaking 
ministry, or if you know someone who is 
suited for a tentmaking ministry in Florida, 
please contact Arden E. Gilmer, Director 
of Home Missions, 530 College Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio 44805, or phone (419) 289-2195. 

Needs full support 

Since Operation Impact is a forward 
thrust of the Brethren Church, every mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church should respond 
with wholehearted support for this new 
mission effort. Your support is essential 
in several areas: First, pray faithfully for 
the new church planters. Secondly, support 
Operation Impact through regular Home 
Mission giving and through special giving. 

The General Conference offering this 
August is designated for Operation Impact. 
The goal for this offering is $10,000.00. 
This goal can be reached if we begin 
planning now. Plan to attend General 
Conference and bring your offering with 
you. If you are not able to attend, send a 
special offering along with the representa- 
tive from your church. Brethren, we can 
do it. The goal of $10,000.00 can be reached 
if we all participate in giving. This project 
is worthy of sacrificial giving because it is 
directly related to the fulfillment of the 
Great Commission. 


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Alvin Shiffle+t examines the 
"evidence" for evolution. 


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A LITTLE girl came home from school 
and asked, "Mom, do you believe we 
are descended from the monkeys?" "I don't 
know," said the mother. "I haven't met 
your father's people." 

Ever since Mr. Charles Darwin proffered 
his theory of evolution, we've had jokes 
about monkeys. In moments of bewilder- 
ment you and I have said, "Well, I'll be a 
monkey's uncle." In expressing ourselves, 
we've sort of adopted the language of the 

In Genesis we are told of the birth of 
man. "And the Lord God formed man of 
the dust of the ground, and breathed into 
his nostrils the breath of life ; and man 
became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7). This 
is a brief summary of what really happened 
in the first chapter, only it is in more detail. 

In sharp contrast archeologists and 
anthropologists have traced modern man 
back to over fifty thousand years B.C. 
Many believe that lower paleolithic crea- 
tures probably roamed the earth over a 
million years ago. Were Adam and Eve our 
first parents, or should we look deeper into 
time to find paleolithic creatures "streak- 
ing" on the early great planet earth? 

Al Shifflett is pastor of the Nappanee, Ind., 
First Brethren Church. His article on "Hamburgers 
and Seminarians" appeared in the June 1976 issue. 

In the Hebrew language there are two 
words for create. One of these is "asah," 
which means to make or form from some- 
thing else, or to assemble. The other is 
"bara," which means to create or bring 
forth from nothing, " . . - 

Was there a gap? 

We read: "In the beginning God created 
(bara) the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 
1:1). This means, using the word "bara," 
that God literally created out of nothing. 
Many good scholars believe there is a vast 
period of time between verse one and two. 
They suggest that judgment followed the 
creative act of verse one, and verse two 
describes the results of that judgment: 
"The earth was without form and void . . ." 
(1:2). This is the so-called "gap theory." 

If this theory is correct, one might pos- 
sibly conclude: "Ah, here is where we can 
place Java man, Neanderthal man, Cro- 
magon man, and the whole gang." Carbon 
and fluorine analysis tests on fossil remains 
point out that some of these bones are 
hundreds of thousands of years old. A lot 
of Bible scholars claim, on the other hand, 
that the earth is only about six thousand 
years old. 

The whole thing is downright embarrass- 

(continued on next page) 

May 1977 

'In the years following the 
Scopes Trial, the 'six million 
dollar' tooth of Nebraska Man 
was found to belong to a 
species of an extinct pig . . ." 

ing. Did the Lord forget to tell Moses 
something? Can we hide these skeletons 
in our closets until the Lord returns with 
answers? Unfortunately, the anthropolo- 
gists keep dragging them out and rattling 
their bones before the Church. Subscribers 
to the "gap theory" might possibly shove 
these dry bones between verses one and two 
of chapter one. However, the whole scheme 
seems to lack flesh. 

Another theory, which I can briefly men- 
tion, surrounds the Hebrew word "yom." 
"Yom" means day. The problem lies with 
the length of the day. Some say it means 
a long period of time, like a millennium (a 
thousand years). There were six days 
(yom) of creation, and God rested on the 
seventh. Was each day a millennium, or a 
solar day of twenty-four hours? Now if 
"yom" did mean a long period of time to 
Moses, then a Christian seeking a solution 
to cave men fossils could easily place them 
in one of these "yoms" (days) of time and 
plead for theistic evolution. 

But I think Moses meant for "yom" to 
represent a twenty-four hour solar day. 
Whenever "yom" is used in the Hebrew, 
it is always preceded or followed by a 
numeral indicating one solar day. Otherwise 
it is a period of time, such as a millennium. 
In every case here (Genesis 1), we have 
the language dictating a solar day. "And the 
evening and the morning were the first 
day (yom) . . . the second day (yom) . . ." 

If God created (bara) out of nothing, 
why is there a problem with this same 
God creating the whole universe in six days ? 
God spoke and it was so — "Let there be 
light: and there was light" (1:3). 

On the sixth day, with a fecund earth, 
God said: "Let us make (bara) man in 
our image. ... So God created (bara) man 
in his own image, in the image of God 
created he him . . ." (1:26). You will note 
the continued use of "bara," which means 
a creation out of nothing. The writer wanted 

us to know that this is Genesis Man, or 
first man, and not a theistic — evolutionary 
man. There had never been anything like 
this in all of God's unique creative acts. 
He created man in His own image. 

Now compare Moses' descriptive account 
of the act: "And the Lord God formed 
man of the dust of the ground, and breathed 
into his nostrils the breath of life; and 
man became a living soul" (2:7). 

In this verse Moses elaborates on the 
dramatic event with more detail. But the 
Hebrew word used here is "asah" — to form 
or assemble from some substance. How then 
could Adam have been created (bara) from 
nothing? Moses could not say God formed 
the body from nothing, for he knew full 
well that man's body came from the earth. 
Adam means red clay. A careful analysis 
of the composition of a human body will 
reveal a similarity to the earth. The body 
of Adam was formed (asah) from the 
ground, but God brought it to life with a 
definite creative (bara) act. Of no other 
creature was it said that it became a living 
soul. This is Genesis Man — something brand 

According to this, man could not have 
evolved from anything; he was created and 
became Adam and conversed with God his 
Maker — all in a few hours. Perhaps even 
in minutes. 

Evolution Is a theory - 

Let us remember that Darwin's theory 
of evolution is just that — a theory. The 
evolutionist believes that man started as a 
little primordial cell and has been coming 
up ever since. This theory should never be 
presented as scientific fact until proven as 
such. A definition of science shows that 
something is scientific only if it can be 
observed and verified (neither is true of 
evolution or creation). Most evolutionary 
philosophy is built upon assumptions that 
presuppose evolution to be fact. Thus the 
results of this reasoning can only tend to 
"prove" the initial assumptions. This is a 
clear violation of the rules of logic. 

David D'Armond, a geologist, has recently 
pointed out that radioactive dating is very 
unreliable. Much of it is guesstimation 
based on time and chance. It is the same 
type of theory as the one which is used to 
explain the existence of the universe (the 
"big bang" theory). What do you think 
your jaw bone would look like if it lay in 
the ground for 3000 years? 

Henry Morris, Ph.D. (editor, Scientific 
Creationism, 1974), claims that "all the 

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christian education 

Equipping Youth 

for Ministry 

The church offers meaning and purpose to 
young people when it prepares them for 
service, according to Fred Burkey. 

THE time — May 1977. The occasion — 
Youth Month in the Brethren Church. 
An exciting time to be alive! A series of 
provocative programs based on the study 
of Ephesians 4:1-16 promises new insighte 
into God's purpose for Brethren Youth- — ■ 
individually and collectively. 

For instance, "We are all parts of one 
body, we have the same Spirit, and we have 
all been called to the same glorious future" 
(Ephesians 4:4, TLB). What a provocative 
thought: we have a mutual calling ... an 
assured future! Christian youth have so 
much to live for; so much to give. 

A ministry for everyone 

Scripture affirms that "Christ has given 
each of us special abilities— whatever he 
wants us to have out of his rich storehouse 
of gifts" (4:7, TLB). Youth is a time of 
trying out one's abilities, testing the water 
to find one's identity and role in the home, 
school, church, and society at large. It is 
a time of seeking and evaluating. 

For many living without God's promise, 
this may also be a time of deep despair and 
self-doubt. Lacking self-confidence and pur- 
pose, an alarming number of American 
youth consider suicide. According to the 
March 1977 "Youth Letter," in recent 
years "suicide among the general popula- 
tion has increased 20 percent; among 
adolescents, 200 percent." What a tragic 
misuse of life. 

On the other hand, the church has the 
privilege of offering meaning and purpose 

to young people. It can offer challenges 
and opportunities far beyond our normal 
expectations. To be sure, there is risk even 
in Christian service. Sometimes our best 
efforts fall short. Sometimes we wonder 
if our gifts are really equal to the task. We 
need encouragement and reassurance. 

We believe that every Christian has a 
ministry to fulfill and that God provides 
gifts equal to every need. Brethren youth 
are challenged to equip themselves to be- 
come ministers of the church. There are 
diversities of personalities, diversities of 
gifts, and diversities of ministries. God has 
prepared a place in the body for each and 
every one. 

The purpose of Youth Sunday, Youth 
Week, and Youth Month is to highlight the 
importance of helping youth to hear God's 

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call, to help them identify their gifts, and 
to involve them in meaningful Christian 

We believe that the basic work of 
equipping youth for ministry is done in two 
settings: the home and the local church. 
The denominational Board of Christian 

(continued on page 17) 

May 1977 




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^^^^^'^^.^May 8-15, 1977 

1977 Summer Crusaders 

The Board of Christian Edu- 
cation is pi'oud to introduce the 
1977 Summer Crusaders. Five 
Crusader teams have been 
formed to provide a wide variety 
of services for Brethren church- 
es. For 12 of the 26 Crusaders 
pictured, this will be a new 
experience. We are fortunate to 
have a good blend of youth 
and experience on our teams. 

Three units will be doing 
primarily instructional and sur- 
vey work during the eight 
weeks from June 19 to August 
14. They will provide leadership 
and assistance in vacation Bible 
schools and help out in com- 
munity surveys and religious 
censuses. In addition, they will 
present special inspirational pro- 
grams and participate in wor- 
ship services. 

The camp unit will be used 
extensively at Camp Shipshe- 
wana. Camp Wyandotte, and at 
the Cheyenne, Wyoming, camp. 

An effort is being made to 
develop fresh approaches to 
church camping which may be 
shared through the BCE with 
all districts. 

Lay involvement in the pro- 
duction of innovative worship 
services will be a major objec- 
tive of the music/drama team. 
Special activities are being 
planned for persons from age 
six up! 

We urge you to enlist as a 
Prayer Warrior on behalf of the 


Crusaders (and Interns). Your 
support is essential to their 
success! Complete the form on 
page 17 and return it by May 
30, 1977. 

John Black, captain 
Milledgeville, III. 

Carol French 
Eldorado, Ohio 

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Jean Troup 
Meadow Crest, Ind. 


John Mills 
Hagerstown, Md. 


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Mary Ellen Bates 
Wayne Heights, Pa. 

Fred Miller 
Brush Valley, Pa. 

Charles Bowers 
St. James, Md. 

Deb Miuison, captain 
Park Street, Ohio 



Dave Kerner, captain 
Roann, Ind. 

Julie Slabaugh 
Goshen, Ind. 


Russell King 
County Line, Ind. 

Jane Drexler 
Louisville, Ohio 

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Mark Britton 
Derby, Kans. 

Jean Slee 
Roann, Ind. 

Bill Shafer 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 

Jeff Lentz, captain 
Nappanee, Ind. 


Wayne Grumbling 
Waterloo, Iowa 

Lee Ann Zimmerman 
Meadow Crest, Ind. 

Betsy Sayler 
Linwood, Md. 


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Jayne Hartong 
Roann, Ind. 

John Allison 
Jefferson, Ind. 

Becky Scott 
Warsaw, Ind. 

Nancy Dreyer 
Tucson, Ariz- 

Rob Grumbling 
Johnstown III, Pa. 

Kalah Spencer 
Milledgeville, III. 


James Miller, captain 
Johnstown II, Pa. 

May 1977 




Brethren Youth's "special gal" will bring 
hope for Colonnbians without Christ. 

EMMY is our special gal! She is the 
object of our affection and a great deal 
of effort. She really is the National BYC 
fund-raising project: Evangelistic Mobile 
Equipment (EME — ^"Emmy" for short). 

Perhaps you have seen the green posters 
describing the project on your church 
bulletin board. If so, you know that Breth- 
ren Youth hope to raise at least $2,500.00 
toward the purchase of recording and public 
address equipment for installation in a van 
for use by our missionaries in Colombia, 
South America. 

Colombia is a beautiful and diverse nation 
in which one may experience everything 
from the steaming heat of tropical river 

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valleys to precipitous mountain trails. 
Colombia's growing population ranks 4th 
in Latin America and 25th in the world. 

It is in this land that the Ken Solomon 
and Mark Logan families are serving as 
missionaries of the Brethren Church. The 
city of Medellin, with a great predominance 
of young people, was chosen as the location 
for opening the Brethren work with an 
evangelistic, church-planting ministry. 

From the heights of the Nutibara Hotel 
in Medellin one can look across the large 
city cradled in the Valley of Aburra, which 
extends for approximately 40 miles in a 
north-south direction at an altitude of 
4,757 feet above sea level. This city is 
endowed with a perpetual greenhouse cli- 
mate and is often advertised as the "City 
of Eternal Spring." 

Many of the sights are similar to those 
in any large city of the world — the Coca- 
Cola signs, the modern bus lines, and neon 
signs. Medellin is the only major city in 
Colombia that has sufficient electric power. 
This makes possible the industrial activity 

which puts Medelhn in first place of eco- 
nomic importance among Colombian cities. 

As a consequence of rapid population 
increase, the median age shown by the 1964 
census was only 16.7 years, lowest in South 
America. The large proportion of dependent 
young people burdens Colombia's educa- 
tional and health facilities. Moreover, move- 
ment from rural to urban areas has been 
heavy, and the trend continues. The hous- 
ing conditions foster crime, child desertion, 
and general instability. 

Colombia, unlike many Latin American 
countries, early established a solid tradition 
of civilian government and regular free 
elections to decide between competing 
parties. Despite Colombia's commitment to 
democratic institutions, its history has not 
been free from periods of violent conflict. 

The most recent civil war, growing out of 
bitter rivalry between the Conservative and 
Liberal parties, was particularly tragic. 
During La Violencia ("the violence") of 
1948-58, between 100,000 and 200,000 peo- 
ple were killed. In the same period, the 
Protestants of Colombia suffered persecu- 
tion at the hands of the Roman Catholic 
Church. During that time, no new mission- 
aries were permitted to enter. 

Protestant work grows 

In spite of persecution, the worst in the 
history of the Protestant work in Latin 
America, Protestant church membership 
increased by 400% from 1948-60. The total 
Protestant community is probably three 
times the communicant membership and 
in 1970 numbered nearly 300,000. Even so, 
it represents only 1.3 percent of the 

National Brethren Youth cares about the 
nearly 1.2 million residents of Medellin, 
Colombia. We challenge every church — 
whether it has an active youth group or 
not — to bring or send a contribution to 
the Project Ingathering during the National 
BYC Convention, August 15-19, 1977. 

Background material adapted from February-March 1977 issue of 
IVIORNING STAR, tile National BYC magazine. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Equipping Youth 

(continued fronn page I I ) 

Education provides resources, special pro- 
grams, and personnel to assist and improve 
the work done in both areas. 

Further, special on-the-job training is 
designed and administered by the BCE 
through the Summer Crusader Program. 
During the summer of 1977, 26 Brethren 
youth (pictured on pages 12 through 15) 
will be working as Crusaders in churches, 
camps, and institutions across the nation. 

Eight other persons will work under the 
auspices of the BCE as church staff in- 
terns. They will spend 8 to 12 weeks in a 
church working with an experienced pastor, 
observing and doing the work of ministry. 

And four missionary interns will join the 
Solomon and Logan families for six weeks' 

work in Colombia, South America — another 
aspect of the BCE's equipping ministry. 

Since 1970, 108 young people have spent 
at least one summer in practical service to 
their church. Of that number, 49 are either 
actively involved in or are preparing for 
Christian service in some capacity. 

In a sense, there may be no higher calling 
than equipping persons (youth and adults) 
for ministry. "Under his direction the whole 
body is fitted together perfectly, and each 
part in it's own special way helps the other 
parts, so that the whole body is healthy 
and growing and full of love" (Ephesians 
4:16, TLB). That is the goal of "equipping 
youth for ministry!" 

The Brethren Youth Offering taken 
annually in the month of May helps under- 
write the cost of this equipping ministry. 
We invite you to consider the needs of the 
Brethren Church and to give as God leads. 

1977 National BYC Convention 

Preparations are underway for the 1977 National 
BYC Convention, schieduled for August 16-19 in 
Ashland, Ohio. 

A unique feature of this year's convention will 
be the continuation of the Youth Week theme, 
"Equipping Youth for Ministry." A series of Bible 
studies and discussions on discovering and using 
your spiritual gifts will be led by Rev. Dale 
Stoffer, a doctoral candidate at Fuller Seminary. 

Several district BYC organizations have been 
asked to share in the Convention by presenting 
hour-long programs. BYC Communion will return 

to the 1977 program, and we anticipate other 
inspirational input from a variety of fine speakers 
and films. 

The Crusader Review (Wednesday, 9:15-10:15 
p.m.) will have a new look. In fact, the program 
promises to be as refreshing as a breath of cool 
mountain air. Don't miss it. 

Plan now to attend the 1977 National BYC 
Convention. Participate in the business of BYC . . . 
get new ideas . . . share your interests and 
concerns. Note: Only registered members of 
National BYC are granted delegate status. Dead- 
line for group registration is May 30, 1977). 



I would personally like to join the Prayer Warrior Program for 1977. I 
pray daily for the Crusader or Intern who is assigned to me. 

pledge to 

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May 1977 



news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

Brethren Youth 

Brethren Youth present project check 

to Bradenton church 

Bradenton, Fla. — A check for $2,500 was presented 
to the Bradenton Brethren Church February 13 by 
Dr. Fred Burkey. The presentation was made on 
behalf of National Brethren Youth. 

The contribution was part of the 1975-76 National 
BYC Project, raised by Brethren Youth groups 
from across the United States. 

After receiving the check for the church. Mod- 
erator Paul Yoder said, "We certainly appreciate 
this, and I know we can put it to good use here." 
The gift was designated for the purchase of sanc- 
tuary furnishings for the growing congregation. 

According to Bradenton Pastor Russ Gordon, 
1977 worship attendances have increased by 33 
percent over 1976. Evening service attendance has 
increased by 60 percent. The church also has a 
newly-formed 10-member youth group. 

Dr. Burkey said, "Brethren Youth are pleased 
to have had a small part in the Bradenton story." 

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Deacons ordained, new program 
begins at Ardmore 

South Bend, Ind. — On Sunday evening, January 
16, two new deacon couples were ordained into 
service in the Ardmore Brethren Church. The 

couples are Mr. and Mrs. James Woods and Mr. 
and Mrs. Richard Bourdon. 

Rev. Brian Moore, pastor, officiated at the 
service, with Rev. Robert Bischof of New Paris 

The ordination of these two couples brings the 
total number of deacons and deaconesses in the 
Ardmore Brethren Church to ten. 

With the increase in the deacon board, a new 
program has been put into affect. Each deacon 
couple selected approximately ten church families 
that they will work with. During the year the 
deacon couples will seek to help any of this group 
who have special needs and to be always available 
to provide them encouragement. 

The deacon couples have also opened their 
homes for Bible study and prayer meetings, and 
they are encouraging their groups to attend. 

Good results are anticipated from this new 



staff Photo 
Christian Education Director Fred Burkey pre- 
sents a check to Bradenton Moderator Paul Yoder 
on behalf of National Brethren Youth. Morning 
Star Editor Mark Baker (left) and Bradenton Pastor 
Russ Gordon (right) look on. 

Pleasant View youth sponsor 
two rice suppers 

Vandergrift, Pa. — The Senior Brethren Youth 
Crusaders of the Pleasant View Brethren Church 
sponsored a rice supper for World Relief on 
Saturday, January 15. 

At this supper the film "Bangladesh: Darkness 
Into Light" was shown, and Love Loaves were 
distributed to each person present. (Loaves were 
also distributed in the church services the next 

Saturday, March 19, another rice supper was 
held, at which the film "Africa: Dry Edge of 
Disaster" was shown. At this supper the Love 
Loaves were collected and broken. 

Over $400 was collected from the Love Loaves. 
This money will be divided evenly between World 
Vision International and the World Relief 

Pastor Walk of the Pleasant View church says, 
"Hats off to our youth for such involvement!" 


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Ohio District adopts long-range goals 

Delaware, Ohio — The Ohio Conference of Brethren 
Churches accepted four long-range goals at its 
spring business meeting March 12. 

The goals deal with ministerial recruitment, 
new churches, church growth, and youth ministry 
in the district. 

A total of 124 attended the Saturday business 
meeting here on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan 
University. Of that number 77 were lay delegates 
and 30 were ministerial delegates. 

In addition to approving the district goals, dele- 
gates participated in discussions of strategies to 
reach the goals. Preliminary strategies had been 
prepared by the conference executive committee 
based on small group discussions at the October 
1976 business meeting. 

District Moderator John Brownsberger asked 
conference delegates to present the goals to their 
local church official boards. He also asked that 
each church consider definite plans at the local 
level to help carry out the goals and suggested 
strategies. A report of what each church is doing 
in this regard is to be sent to Rev. Gene Hollinger 
by August 30. 

An election of officers for the coming year 
resulted as follows: Larry Bolinger, moderator- 
elect; Charles Beekley, secretary; Betty Deardurff, 
assistant secretary; Tom Stoffer, treasurer; 
Wanda Eck, assistant treasurer; and Ronald L. 

Garber completes projects 

Ashland, Ohio — Members of the Garber Brethren 

Church completed two important work projects in 
recent months. 

Late last fall, before the snow arrived, the men 
of the church joined together in spirit and body 
to paint the parsonage. Paint was provided by a 
neighbor, who had planned to provide both labor 
and paint until he broke his leg. 

A second project, a new nursery, was completed 
in February of this year. One of the classrooms 
was converted into a nursery by adding paneling 
and carpet. 

WRC reconstruction funds 
go to Rumania 

St. Petersburg, Fla. — When the recent earthquake 
(7.6 on Richter Scale) hit Bucharest, capital of 
Rumania, the World Relief Commission responded 
by sending rehabilitation and reconstruction funds 
to Assembly of God personnel there. 

The earthquake was one of the strongest ever 
recorded in Europe. Result: 1,000 killed, 10,000 
injured, and 143,000 homeless. 

WRC has also sent additional funds to assist 
in the emergency child feeding program in four 
areas of earthquake-ravaged Turkey. 

Waters, statistician. Gene Hollinger, moderator- 
elect in 1976, became the new moderator. 

The next Ohio Conference business meeting is 
scheduled for September 17 at Delaware. 

Ohio Goals 

The following goals were accepted by the Ohio 
Conference of Brethren Churches at its business 
meeting March 12: 

Misiisterial Recruitment: "God providing, each 
Ohio District church will call one or more new 
ministerial student (s) by 1980 and will encourage, 
guide, and support his or her training." 
New Churches: "The Ohio District will establish 
two new Brethren Churches within the district by 
March 1982." 

Church Growth: "The Ohio District will assist 
local churches in spiritual and numerical growth — 
an increase in the church growth index of 5 per- 
cent should be accompanied by an increase of 
spiritual awareness to be evaluated and encour- 
aged by the Board of Evangelists." 
Youth: "District Conference will form a Youth 
Committee comprised of representatives from 
Northeast Ohio and Miami Valley youth groups, 
and members from the Ohio District Board of 
Christian Education, to develop a stronger youth 
program in our district." 

Wanted: Handcrafts 

Sell your fine handcrafted items to 
Cabin Crafts of Riverside, Lost Creek, 

Sample items required for approval by 
Cabin Crafts of Riverside Commission. 

No consignment. 


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Business Manager 

Cabin Crafts of Riverside 

— Lost Creek, Ky. 41348 i^—— 

May 1977 



General Conference 

Housing information announced 

Ashland, Ohio — A special committee to arrange 
a pre-registration process for delegate housing at 
the 1977 General Conference of the Brethren 
Church had it's organizational meeting last month. 
The purpose of the committee is to formulate and 
administer a program of pre-paid, pre-registration 
for those delegates to Conference who desire 
accomodations in the dormitory facilities at 
Ashland College. 

The committee has been formed as a result of 
responses to a questionnaire completed by dele- 
gates at the 1976 General Conference. In the 
questionnaire a number of delegates expressed 
frustration with the long waiting periods and 
apparent disorganization of the housing registra- 
tion process. 

At this time the committee is composed only 
of members of the Park Street Brethren Church, 
who have accepted the challenge presented to 
them by Rev. Jim Black, Secretary of the Confer- 
ence Executive Committee. Members of the 
committee are Mrs. Charles Munson, Mrs. Honor 
Smith, Mrs. Royce Gates, Miss Nancy Ronk, and 
Charles Beekley, Chairman. According to Beekley, 
others throughout the denomination will be asked 
to help publicize and coordinate the pre- 
registration process. 

As plans are developed for pre-registration, they 
will be announced in the Brethren Evangelist and 
through correspondence with pastors and modera- 
tors. As a first step, a registration form is being 
developed, which will be distributed early in the 
summer. Although last minute registrations will 
be taken at the time of Conference, August 1 has 
tentatively been set as the deadline for pre- 

Snyder is new pastor 
at Corinth 

Corinth, Ind. — Rev. Fred Snyder was installed into 
the pastorate of the Corinth Brethren Church on 
Sunday afternoon, March 13. The installation 
service followed a carry-in dinner held for Rev. 
and Mrs. Snyder by the members of the Corinth 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. Rodney Thomas, pastor of the Huntington 
Brethren Church, was in charge of the installation 
service. Roger Strasser, moderator of the church, 
gave the welcome, and special music was provided 
by Shirley Easter, Cathy Gunter, the One Way 
Life Singers, and Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Thomas. 

On March 27, two weeks after the installation 
service. Rev. and Mrs. Snyder hosted an open 
house at the parsonage. Approximately 65 mem- 
bers and guests took this opportunity to visit the 
new pastor and his wife. 

Questions or suggestions for the pre-registration 
procedure are welcomed by the committee. 

Amstutz Hall will be open at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 
August 14, and Kem Hall will open at 8:30 a.m. 
Monday, August 15. The top two floors of Amstutz 
Hall will be reserved for adults only (over 21) 
until the lower floors are full. The halls will close 
at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 20. 

Room rates are $4.00 per person per night for 
double occupancy ($4.50 for single occupancy). 
Children under 11 sharing a room with both par- 
ents will pay 350 times their age. Included in the 
fee are sheets, pillow case, and towels, but not 

Flags to fly again at Conference 

by Rodney Thomas 

Churches will once again have the opportunity 
to express themselves with flags this year at 
General Conference. 

There will be an introductory grand march for 
the opening of Conference, including a presenta- 
tion of flags from each church in the brotherhood. 
These flags will be on display throughout 
Conference week. 

Each church is responsible for designing and 
making its own flag, keeping in mind the Confer- 
ence theme and the regulations set forth by the 
Executive Committee. 

The Conference theme is "Equipping for 
Ministry," based on the Conference text — 
Ephesians 4:1-16. 

These are the regulations for flags, as prepared 
by the Executive Committee: 

1. For the sake of uniformity, we are asking for 
a flag and not a banner this year. 

2. The flag should be of cloth, 3 feet by 5 feet. 

3. It should be mounted on a pole six feet long 
and one inch in diameter. 

4. The three-foot side of the flag should be 
attached to the pole. 

5. Each church should have a flag bearer to carry 
the flag in the opening march. 

If your church made a flag (not a banner) for 
last year's Conference, you may wish to modify 
it and use it again this year. We are asking those 
churches which made banners to make a flag this 

Now don't forget! Get a group started on your 
congregation's flag as soon as possible. Bring it 
to Conference and get ready for the exciting open- 
ing march on Monday evening, August 15th. 

Put your creative people to work. Show your 
faith and your church by displaying a "faith-lifting 


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These 20 Brethren participated in the 1977 Laymen's Work and Worship Tour, which visited Colombia 
and Argentina during February. Laymen's President Jim Payne has announced that they would be happy 
to share their experiences in Brethren churches. 


Laymen's tour members available to speak, 

according to Jim Payne 

Bussiaville, Ind. — The 20 members of the Laymen's 
Work and Worship Tour would be happy to share 
their experiences with any church, according to 
Jim Payne, tour director. 

Mr. Payne said the tour members are located 
in various parts of the country. He is encouraging 
churches to invite someone from the tour to 
describe what they saw at Brethren rhission points. 

The February tour visited Brethren missions 
in Colombia and Argentina in South America. 
They also stopped in Panama on their return trip. 

Tour members (with their home church and 

Gretna men organize 

Gretaia, Ohio — On January 1, 1977, the men of the 
Gretna Brethren Church formed themselves into a 
Laymen's Organization. Officers were also elected 
to head the group. 

Officers are John Deardurff, president; Robert 
McPherson, vice president; Floyd Brenner, secre- 
tary; and Ralph Hurley, treasurer. 

The group's plans for the future include a 
father-and-son supper in June and hosting the 
Miami Valley Laymen's rally in July. 

state of residence) were: Jim Payne (Burlington, 
Ind.); LaVergne Stone and Walter Davis (Sara- 
sota, Fla.); Edna Logan (Bethlehem, Va.); Bill 
Musser (Bryan, Ohio); Mr. and Mrs. John Randall 
(Warsaw, Ind.); Mr. and Mrs. Jay Finster (Peru, 
Ind.); Rev. and Mrs. Fred Snyder (Corinth, Ind.); 
Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Thomas (Huntington, Ind.) ; 
Corina Hurd and children (Ardmore, Ind.); Mr. 
and Mrs. Dale Hawley (Warsaw, Ind.); and 
Richard Armantrout (Huntington, Ind.). 

Calendar of Events 

May 3-5 — Pastors' Conference at Indiana Camp 


May 8-15 — Brethren Youth Week. 

Membership Growth 

Burlington: 9 by baptism 

New Paris: 3 by baptism 

Pleasant View (Vandergrift) : 2 by baptism 

Sarasota: 10 by baptism, 1 by letter 

May 1977 



Brethren Bond of Prayer 

by Charles Munson 

Our Brethren Church is slowly turning around 
in its attitudes about its ability to grow. We are 
beginning to believe that God wants us to find 
the lost. 

To do this, we are going to need many trained 
leaders. Jesus states one way to get them: pray 
for them. 

The Brethren Bond of Prayer includes people 
from all over the denomination who have united 
in a pledge to pray regularly for men and women 
to enter full-time Christian ministry and prepare 
for leadership. 

Would you like to join the Brethren Bond of 
Prayer? Just begin to pray regularly for full-time 
Christian leaders. If you want to declare this 
decision, write to me: 

Charles Munson 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 


Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Morrow, 56th, April 21. Members 

and deacon and deaconess of First Brethren 

Church, Corinth, Ind. 

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Dillman, 51st, April 4. Members 

of First Brethren Church, Corinth, Ind. 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Craig, 50th, March 9. Members 

of Walcrest Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 


. . . please let us know. 

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Date new address in effect 

3. Mail this form to: 

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Marisue Joy to Stanley L. Bammerlin, March 19, 
at Roann, Ind., First Brethren Church. Bride 
member of Roann First Brethren Church; groom 
member of Mexico Brethren Church. William H, 
Kerner, pastor, officiating. 

Patricia Hooker to John E. Hammons, March 12, 
at Roann, Ind., First Brethren Church. Bride 
member of Roann First Brethren Church. William 
H. Kerner, pastor, officiating. 

in Memory 

Olive M. Kelly, 78, March 30. Member and dea- 
coness for 33 years of Vandergrift, Pa., Pleasant 
View Brethren Church. Services by William Walk, 

Mable V. Needham, 86, March 26. Member for 72 
years of Roann, Ind., First Brethren Church. Ser- 
vices by William H. Kerner, pastor. 
Claude E. Miller, 76, March 25. Member of Bur- 
lington, Ind., Brethren Church. Services by Albert 
O. Curtright, pastor. 

Edgar J. Broad, 69, March 24. Member of Vinco, 
Pa., Brethren Church. Services by Rev. Carl 
Phillips, pastor. 

Esther L. Abrams, 81, March 21. Member of Ash- 
land, Ohio, Park Street Brethren Church. Services 
by Eugene J. Beekley, pastor. 
Clunon Luntz, 71, March 17. Member of Pitts- 
burgh, Pa., First Brethren Church. Services by 
Norman Long, pastor. 

Bessie (Hooks) Bowser, 87, Mar. 14. The first 
resident of Brethren Care of Ashland, Ohio, when 
it opened Aug. 21, 1972. Also served at Riverside 
Christian Training School at Lost Creek, in the 
late fifties. Member of the Brush Valley Brethren 
Church, Adrian, Pa. Services by Thomas Kidder, 

Mary Limbert Pouden, 82, March 12. Member of 
Elkhart, Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by 
Dale Ru Lon, pastor. 

Guy H. Tamkin, 79, March 11. Member and senior 
deacon of Washington, D.C., Brethren Church. 
Mr. Tamkin was the Washington, D.C., Brethren 
Senior Citizen of the Year in 1976. Services by 
Robert L. Keplinger, pastor. 

Cleva Corner, 79, March 6. Oldest member of Fre- 
mont, Ohio, Brethren Church. Services by Rev. 
Lowell Reider. 

Raymond F. Powell, 62, March 6. Member of Mt. 
Olive, Va., Brethren Church. Services by Stephen 
Abe, pastor. 

Nora Royer Gibson, 81, March 6. Member of Mt. 
Olive, Va., Brethren Church. Services by Stephen 
Abe, pastor. 


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County Line, Vinco churches 
honor senior citizens 

Senior citizens were honored in February at the 
County Line, Indiana, Brethren Church and at 
the Brethren Church in Vinco, Pennsylvania. 

On Sunday, February 13, the congregation of 
the County Line Brethren Church honored three 
of their senior citizens. The theme of the honor 
was service to the Lord. 

In a ceremony following the morning worship 
service, the names of all senior citizens of the 
church were read, and each senior was escorted 
to the front of the church. 

Certificates were then presented to all the 
seniors, and special recognition was given to those 
chosen as Senior Citizens of the Year. 

The first-place certificate for Senior Citizen of 
1977 was given to Mr. Everett Gillis in recognition 
of his many years of service as a deacon, mod- 
erator, and Sunday School superintendent. He has 
also served as a Sunday School teacher, president 
of Christian Endeavor, Indiana District trustee, 
active district layman, and delegate to district and 
national conferences. 

The first runner-up certificate was awarded to 
Mrs. Marion Richard for her many years of service 
as a Sunday School teacher, deaconess, V^BS 
worker, and pianist for the church. 

The second runner-up certificate was presented 
to Mrs. James Harness for her many years of 
church attendance and for her service as a Sunday 
School teacher and Christian witness. 

The Senior BYC of County Line did all the work 
and planning for this special program and kept 
the winners secret until the service. 

The recognition service for senior citizens of 
the Vinco Bretliren Church was held on February 
20, at a fellowship time following the evening 
gospel service. 

This service was to honor all members of the 
church 80 years old or older. Six of the eight per- 
sons honored were present for the service. They 
were Verna Lenhart, Nellie Simmons, Mary 
Varner, Ralph Patch, Frank Giles, and Gundar 
Swanson. Each of these seniors was presented 
with a gift. 

The remaining seniors who were honored but 
who could not attend were Elsie Leidy and Eva 

India's new leader a Hindu 

New Deliii (EP News) — India's new Prime Min- 
ister, 81-year old Morarji Ranchhodji Desai, is a 
devout Hindu, a staunch anti-Communist, and a 
firm believer in the ideals of Mohandas K. 
(Mahatma) Gandhi, the Hindu religious and 
political leader and social reformer who organized 
non-violent, passive resistance campaigns against 
British rule. 

Mr. Desai, the leader of the Janata (Peoples) 
Party, who helped lead the election battle that 
unseated Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has said 
that "religion means more to me than anything." 

New Haiti film now available 
from World Relief Commission 

St. Petersburg-, Fla. — "Haiti: Mountains Beyond 
Mountains" is the title of the World Relief Com- 
mission's newest sound/color movie. Shot on 
location, this 23-minute, 16mm documentary shows 
the many ways evangelicals are helping poverty- 
stricken Haitians through the leadership of the 
Council of Evangelical Churches of Haiti (CEEH). 
According to Phil Lersch, chairman of the 
Brethren World Relief Board, arrangements are 
being made to show this new film (to be released 
in May) at General Conference. It can also be 
scheduled at no charge to local Brethren churches 
by writing: World Relief Commission, Box 44, 
Valley Forge, Pa. 19481. 

Study finds religious awakening 
among American women 

New Yorii (EP News) — A new survey by Redbook 
magazine reveals that an "impressive number of 
American women have embarked on a religious 
awakening" in the last five years and have felt 
themselves "in the presence of God." 

Furthermore, a new positive image of the 
"religious" woman is emerging, according to the 
survey based on the responses of 65,000 American 
women to a Redbook questionnaire. 

"The religious woman has never been a popular 
heroine in this country," Redbook said. "In movies 
and books 'churchgoing' is often a code word, pre- 
paring us to meet a woman who is tight-lipped, 
narrow-minded, stern and prudish. That image 
can now be discarded." 

Redbook's new survey shows that religious 
women are "optimistic, openhearted, generous, 
forgiving and independent. . . . Women of faith 
say that God is loving, merciful and forgiving, 
rather than angry and punishing." 

"The more religious a woman is, according to 
our survey, the happier she is," Redbook said. 

Russia's "need" for religious symbols 
noted by American newsman 

Cleveland, Ohio (EP News)— The Soviet Union 
may profess to be an atheistic nation, but its need 
for religious symbols is clearly apparent, accord- 
ing to a Cleveland writer who recently visited 
the USSR. 

Darrell Holland, religion editor of the Cleveland 
Plain Dealer, said he saw manifestations of this 
need in the proliferation of religious art which 
still remains — and in the worship of Lenin as a 
national "savior." 

Mr. Holland also noted that, despite the govern- 
ment's anti-religious campaign, "religion is far 
from dead in Russia." One tourist guide said that 
the 45 Orthodox churches remaining in Moscow 
are filled each Sunday and that she herself is a 

May 1977 



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The Needs Grow, 

fhe Work Grows 

Meeting a wide range of human needs has 
caused the India mission work to continue 
to grow. 

THE Brethren Church, through its mis- 
sionaries, is meeting a wide range of 
human needs in India. The Kumars, our 
Brethren missionaries in India, are provid- 
ing both spiritual and physical help to many 
people in their native land. 

The work continues to grow in India. At 
the end of 1976 there were 920 baptized 
members in the Rajahmundry area and 69 
in the new Visakhapatnam area. Brethren 
Missions in India is reaching out into 40 

The funds previously provided for pur- 
chasing land for the Brethren Mission have 
now been used to buy an area of 1190 
square yards in Rajahmundry. 

First, a compound wall was built around 
the new land. Then it was necessary to plan 



These workers paused from their work long 
enough for a photo. The wall they are building 
surrounds the new property in Rajahmundry. 

a layout for the various buildings to be 
constructed there. A twenty-by-fifty-foot, 
semi-permanent building has now been 
constructed on the site for use as a Bible 
institute. The new building has a sheet- 
metal roof instead of palm leaves, making 
it much more durable. 

In the future an orphanage and a church 
building will also be put on the new prop- 
erty. The area is also being used at present 
for a service center, with food and clothing 
items being distributed to the poor. 

The medical program is highly successful. 
In addition to the medical center in Rajah- 
mundry, a free clinic was opened in Vizag 
(Visakhapatnam). Sujatha, Vi jay's wife, is 
offering medical service there as well as out 
in the villages. 

In support of the Prime Minister's 
twenty-point formula for national develop- 
ment, the medical center started a family 
planning unit. The center offers free medical 
treatment to nearly 300 out-patients daily. 
It is staffed by people motivated to serve 
humanity. A woman doctor was appointed 
for part-time service at the center, and 
this has encouraged a greater number of 
women to come for help. 

The mobile clinic of the Brethren Mission 
medical center continues to be used in the 
interior villages. Medical aid is offered, 
medicines are distributed, and milk is pro- 
vided to those suffering from malnutrition. 
In villages such as Ramayagudem, 400 
patients have been reached. Neighboring 
village people also come for help. Some 
villages have never known any medical 


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This twenty-by-fifty foot building was constructed on the new property for a prayer 
house and Bible institute assembly hall. 

assistance except for services performed by 
witch doctors. 

The work in the villages presents great 
challenges. Our workers go out into the 
villages with the gospel and organize 
prayer meetings. In due time they estab- 
lish churches, and then evangelists continue 
the work. 

Traveling to these villages becomes quite 
eventful when roads become impassible 
with knee deep mud. Car breakdowns are 
common and enough to try the patience 
of any man. It often takes 13 hours for a 
150-mile trip into the interior. It is 
necessary to use a jeep with four-wheel 
drive or, at times, an ox cart to make these 

Near the end of 1976 a calamity struck 
the mission area. Three cyclones hit the 
State of Andhra, and around Rajahmundry 
crops were destroyed, fields flooded, and 
homes smashed. As a result of this 
catastrophe, there was a threat of severe 
sicknesses and famine. Part of the funds 
sent from the World Relief Commission 
were used at this time to offer assistance 
to the afflicted. 

W.R.C. funds were also used to help the 
village of Samistragudem, which was de- 
stroyed by fire. The Brethren Mission 
promised to help, but didn't have the means 
until the World Relief Commission donated 
$1500 to the Brethren Mission relief work. 
Services continue to be held in this village, 
and in November, 15 people were baptized 
in one day. 

There continue to be 25 boys in the 

orphanage, although not the original 25 
boys. From time to time some boys leave 
upon graduation from school. Other boys 
are removed by their families, who need 
them at home. 

Nirmala Kumar oversees the orphanage, 
and a warden manages and directs the daily 
activities of these young men. The boys 
receive a good education at the local 
school, and the mission tries to mold their 
lives in a Christian pattern. The boys are 
very good in tract distribution, singing, and 
playing music. 

Our missionaries in India continue to 
attend workshops and meetings for up- 
dating and evangelization efforts. Recently, 
Prasantha Kumar attended the All India 
Congress on Mission and Evangelization 
(AICOME) held in Devlali. This congress 
was sponsored by the Evangelical Fellow- 
ship in India 

The workers in India continue to be grate- 
ful to the Brethren for their assistance in 
sending supplies of clothing, medicines, and 
other items. They continue to have a need 
for multi-vitamins and antibiotics, and 
they also encourage your sending rolled 

Pray for the two Kumar families as they 
carry heavy schedules and face important 
decisions. Pray for the new leadership 
among the villages and for their respon- 
sibilities. Praise the Lord for the new 
converts and for the tremendous progress 
made to date in India. Search your hearts 
to know what the Lord would have you do 
for this mission work overseas in 1977. 

May 1977 



THE bitterly cold weather of January 
was enough to convince any Northerner 
to head south. We were no exception. In 
mid- January we decided to take a vacation 
in Florida. Actually, our reason for going 
was two-fold. In addition to escaping the 
blizzards of Ohio, we would be holding the 
fort, so to speak, at Brethren House while 
Phil, Jean, and Bonnie were on a workshop 
tour back up north. 

As a result, I am filing this report on 
some of the "programs" we observed on 
our TV (Take a Vacation). 

"Fantastic Journey" 

On the way down the weather was 
"unusual." As we emerged from a motel in 
Knoxville, Tennessee, the 4-below zero 
temperature shattered all of our illusions 
about the "warm, sunny South." Farther 
along, the big, fat icicles drooping from 
palmetto bushes in Gainesville, Florida, con- 
vinced us that we had really brought Ohio 
weather with us. 

We missed, by a few hours, the icy bridge 

Mrs. Lindower is a retired college professor and 
former editor of the Woman's Outlook. 

Brethren House 

TV News 

This vacation report reveals a 
line-up of exciting "progranns." 

between Tampa and St. Pete, which brought 
traffic to a complete standstill. Then the 
most amusing spectacle to us was the small 
children here at Brethren House who saw 
a few snowflakes. After the five-foot drifts 
along the road out of Ashland, these few 
flakes didn't impress us. The small fry, 
however, who were dismissed from school 
for the day because of the 30-degree temp- 
erature, practically went into orbit over the 
phenomenon. But so much for the elements. 
Being a confirmed Northerner, cold doesn't 
bother me — it's better than too much hot. 

"Candid Camera" 

After adjusting to the climatic eccen- 
tricities, we first explored Brethren House, 
v/here we viewed, seemingly, resources un- 
limited. Although the Brethren House team 
took a great amount of the equipment with 
them, there remained countless, original, 
eye-catching, almost mind-boggling ma- 
terials with which to captivate children and 
give them Christian teaching. In fact, the 
entire establishment is uniquely Bible 

Catching my inexperienced eye particu- 
larly were: the prayer garden; the book- 
nook ; a newspaper written by some children 
as if reporting the resurrection of Jesus; 
cassettes of Bible stories; and countless 
other project possibilities. Indeed, this 
appealing spot appeared as a haven for 
All My Children. 


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True, Brethren House is officially closed 
while the team is on tour; yet, countless 
little gremlins "hang around," skating, 
playing tag, etc. It's obvious that they love 
the place. 

Taking a few minutes from my household 
activities one sunny afternoon, and armed 
with pencil and pad, I sat with several 
youngsters and asked them why they liked 
Brethren House. Mike, grinning mischie- 
vously, claimed he was Bonnie's "guinea 
pig." I'm not sure what that indicated, but 
he doubtless has been helping her. Greg 
maintained the kids there played fair and 
"didn't swear." "Besides," he added, "I hke 
Mrs. Lersch." Ronnie proudly declared, 
"The kids here don't push and shove." Joey, 
age 8, likes the games and tapes (of 
stories), and he likes to draw. (They draw 
Bible scenes.) Tracy, who is new in the 
area, shrugged off the "why" of my ques- 
tion with "I just like to be here" — sort of 
like a woman's "because." 

Taking liberties with a TV show title, I 
would characterize the place thus: The 
Place (Price) Is Right, for it ministers to 
so many needs of so many young lives. 

"Meet the Pros" 

Of course, all of this ingenuity directed 
toward teaching and learning proceeds 
from three committed Christians. Interest- 
ingly enough, each one provides a distinct 
service. We might classify them thus: 

Jean — inspiration: new ideas, learning 
devices, methods from her teaching 

Bonnie — organization : order out of pos- 
sible chaos, where to put what, 

Phil — implementation: how to do it, 
assembling, logistics. 

One example of the individual skills of 
these people was impressed upon me when 
I helped the team pack for their workshop 
tour. As I picked up a stack of books, with 
an inquiring glance at Bonnie, she 
announced, "That goes in Box 17." Seeing 
some games on the table she directed, 
"Those go in Number 9 and the headsets 
in number 21." She had every item classi- 
fied and sorted in her head — and there 
were some 20 large cartons of materials, 
besides numerous signs, boards, and so on. 
They are surely a complete team. 

"Great Performances" 

This is the term many acquaintances 
and new contacts are using to characterize 
the team's work. Judging by the calls com- 

ing into Brethren House during the team's 
absence, I realize that this ministry is 
spreading in ever-widening circles. Yester- 
day a minister (United Methodist Church) 
from Palm Beach called for a workshop 
date; today a pastor from Canada tele- 
phoned for some information; the pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church stopped to 
select materials for his church school; and 
numerous people have written-in, ordering 
the team's books. Hands on Learning and 
Inside-Out Learning, or other supplies. 

Most heart-warming of all, though, is the 
gratitude expressed by one and all for the 
help received from the teaching and learn- 
ing materials from Brethren House. When 
I discovered in the files that there have 
been inquiries, orders, and commendation 
from 49 states and 5 foreign countries, the 
scope of this ministry amazed me. A few 
of our Brethren churches have availed 
themselves of these helps, but not nearly 
so many as the Methodists, Baptists, Pres- 
byterians, and others. I trust the Brethren 
will become aware of the "Acres of 
Diamonds" in their own back yards. 

"The Mickey Mouse Club" 

A few humorous incidents have occurred 
to delight us during our sojourn here in 
the "warm, sunny South." One day, as the 
nice man who accompanied me on this trip 
was doing some carpentering for Brethren 
House, a small girl was "helping" him by 
handing him nails and sawed-off blocks. 
After a bit of this routine, she eyed him 
speculatively and announced, "I didn't think 
you'd be so nice." (What did she expect 
from Ohio — Simon Lagree?) 

On another day, as I was preparing 
supper, six-year-old Amy, who often comes 
in for me to read to her, offered to help; 
so I handed her a dish of food for our 
feline quadrapeds. As she set it on the 
floor, I heard her admonish Baggh and 
O. C. (the cats), "Now say your prayers." 

The Brethren House children have a list 
of places where the team is holding work- 
shops during these weeks, and these modern 
counterparts of Aaron and Hur are holding 
up their hands with prayer. 

Now that our term of service here — 
keeping house for a granddaughter, two 
cats, and a hamster; answering telephones; 
opening mail — is almost completed, we are 
sure we will be happy to open the door 
and exclaim, "Welcome Home, Daughter 
(Kotter) — also Phil and Bonnie. This has 
been an enlightening and fulfilling experi- 
ence. May the Lord continue to bless you 
as your ministry is blessing others!" 

May 1977 



Author Publishes Firsf Book 

an introduction by Ron Waters 

Scripture Press Publications has just released 
a new Bible study resource written by Stephen D. 
Swihart of Ashland, Ohio 

According to the publisher, The Victor Bible 
Source Book "offers a number of methods of 
personal Bible study, along with well-organized 
outlines of all the major Bible doctrines. The book 
attempts to get at what the Bible teaches rather 
than where it teaches it." 

Steve was pastor of the Garber Brethren Church 
in Ashland for two and a half years while he 
attended Ashland College. In June 1975 he grad- 
uated from Ashland Theological Seminary with 
a Mastor of Divinity degree. Currently he is 
director of Christian development at the First 
Assembly of God in Mansfield, Ohio. 

He is also the founder of Discipleship Publica- 
tions and editor of the Handbook of Christian 

Steve is an intense Bible student and has been 
since he came to know Christ as Lord in 1968 
in Sarasota, Fla. So, naturally, the manuscript 
resulted from extensive personal study. "The bulk 
of the book was developed during a six-month 
period when I devoted eight hours a day to study 
and writing." 

Research for other parts was completed over a 
number of years and resulted from leading 
numerous Bible studies, his pastoral ministry, and 
course work in Seminary. 

When Steve had completed most of the work 
on the book, Fred Burkey and John Rowsey 
encouraged him to contact a couple of Christian 

staff Photo 
Author Steve Swihart (right) discusses his first 
book with Ron Waters. 

publishers. Scripture Press was one that responded 
with interest in seeing the text. Now, a year later, 
the published work is ready for sale. 

The Victor Bible Source Book is divided into 
three parts. Part 1 is entitled "How to Use the 
Bible" and includes chapters on the importance 
of tools, various methods of Bible study, and how 
to buy a new Bible. 

"Basic Bible Doctrine," the second part, forms 
the major portion of the work. It covers founda- 
tional material for the Christian life, including 
the doctrines of the Scriptures, God, Jesus Christ, 
the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation. Christian 
growth and maturity, prayer, faith, fasting, the 
church, angels, and prophecy. 

Part 3 contains a concise Bible dictionary which 
"quickly defines many of the words Bible stu- 
dents stumble over." An abbreviated topical 
concordance completes the book. 

In reviewing the book Dr. Merrill C. Tenney 
says, "This book combines in compact fashion an 
introduction to the content of the Bible. Its teach- 
ing is sound, and its language is easily comprehen- 
sible. It should appeal to any Christian ... in his 
initial study of the Scriptures for personal spirit- 
ual development." 

The 240 page book retails for $3.50 and is 
available from the Carpenter's Shop and other 
Christian bookstores. 


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School Bible Curriculum Unveiled 

Scripture Press Publications, Inc., has announced 
the Lifeway Bible Series, a Bible curriculum 
written specifically for Christian schools. 

The LifeWay Bible Series is a cooperative effort 
of the Association for Bible Curriculum Develop- 
ment, Pasadena, Calif., and Scripture Press Pub- 
lications, Inc., Wheaton, 111. It is a Christian school 
Bible curriculum written by professionals for 
professionals. Suggestions and recommendations 
from Christian school administrators and teachers 
who have used the material since 1967 have been 
carefully considered in the preparation of the 

Who Has the Answers? — a two-unit survey of 
the entire Bible — will be ready for grades six 
through eight and junior high school for the 

1977-78 school year. Unit 1 is a survey of the Old 
Testament, and Unit 2 is a survey of the New 

As these first two units are being released, 
curriculum for the remaining elementary grades 
is in preparation. Dr. Phyllis Roberts of the 
Association for Bible Curriculum Development is 
the writer of the Lifeway Bible Series. Miss Joyce 
Gibson of Scripture Press is in charge of editing 
the materials and of promoting their wider use 
in Christian schools. 

More information on the new LifeWay Bible 

Series is available from the Association for Bible 
Curriculum Development, 1515 N. Los Robles 
Avenue, Pasadena, California 91104. 

Attention, Moms 

I Am a Mother by Ella May Miller (Fleming H. 
Revell Co., 1976, 156 pp., $1.50 paper). 

This is a paperback book that I will not just 
read then put on a shelf. I plan on referring to 
it often for help in dealing with my life, which is 
surrounded by preschoolers. 

Mrs. Miller has put together one of the most 
informative and Scripture-laden books on how to 
deal with preschoolers that I have ever had the 
joy of reading. 

I found myself in many of her chapters, such 
as those on playtime, discipline, death, and the 
joys of motherhood. 

As I went to God in prayer for help with my 
faults and in thankfulness for my good points, I 
also thanked Him for guiding Mrs. Miller to write 
this book. 

This book would be a thoughtful gift for an 
expectant mother. It would be helpful to her for 
many years to come. 

— Kris Long 

Kris Long is a housewife from Ashland, Ohio. 

Hospitality a Gift 

Open Heart Open Home by Karen Burton Mains 
(David C. Cook, 1976, 199 pp., $5.95). 

Have you ever considered hospitality a gift? 
Have you ever felt the desire to express your 
love for brothers and sisters by opening the doors 
of your heart and home? Have you experienced 
joy by sharing your home with others? Whether 
your answer to the above questions is yes or no, 
you should read Open Heart Open Home by Karen 
Burton Mains. 

This book is beautifully written from first-hand 
accounts. What a thrill to find that this area of 
our lives is a gift and ministry. We can exemplify 

Christ's love if we dedicate ourselves and our 
homes to His service. 

Mrs. Mains shares personal family traditions 
along with such areas as entertaining (hospitality 
before pride). We are exhorted to be stewards of 
time and to search within ourselves for the true 
motivation of hospitality. Each chapter has down 
to earth principles which make Open Heart Open 
Home applicable to our lives! 

Biblical truths are revealed as we gain an 
understanding that we do have a ministry, what- 
ever walk of life we lead. New light dawns as 
we begin to put into action the lessons we learn 
from Open Heart Open Home. 

— Donna Simmons 

Donna Simmons is a seminary student's wife 
employed by A. L. Garber Co. in Ashland. 

The Old Brethren 

The Old Brethren by James H. Lehman (The 
Brethren Press, 1976, 384 pp., $2.45 paperback). 

Did you know that an ex-slave from Virginia 
became a Brethren pastor in the last century? 
His name was Samuel Weir, and his story, as well 
as those of many other leaders of the church in 
the 19th century, is told in this new book from 
the Brethren Press. 

The author has gone to personal accounts, be 
it diaries or other writings, to tell the story of 
the Brethren circa 1840. Included with the accounts 
are numerous photographs and drawings. I found 
these illustrations helpful, even though they were 
not of the best quality. 

I believe James Lehman has given all Brethren 
a much-needed look at the frontier days of the 
church. His book will not only be enjoyed by 
Church of the Brethren people, but by many in 
the Brethren Church as well. 

—Robert Dillard 

Bob Dillard is a student at Ashland Theological 

May 1977 


auxiliary programs for June 

30 Signal Lights Program 

32 Sisterhood Program 

34 SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 

signal lights 

written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: Walking with Jesus 

Jesus and the Children 

Jesus was traveling from Capernaum to Jeru- "Story! Story!" shouted a tiny child. "Tell 

salem. He crossed the Jordan River. Many people story!" 

followed Him as He walked through the state of "Yes, perhaps Jesus will tell you a story," said 

Perea. her mother. 

"That's Jesus!" said a child who saw the crowd The older children came back to the mothers, 

of people pass by. "There He is," they said. "See. He's sitting over 

"Mother! Mother!" he shouted as he ran into there with His disciples." 

the house. "Jesus just went down the road. People The disciples saw the group coming. They 

are following Him. Can we go, too? Can we, walked down the road to meet them. "Jesus is 

please?" resting," said a disciple. 

"Yes," said Mother as she lifted the baby from "We've brought our children for Him to bless," 

the cradle. explained a mother. 

Outside Mother waved to her neighbor. "Bring .,^^^ ^^,^ , ^^.^ ^^^ ^^ 

the children, she called. Jesus is down the road. "^ 

Other mothers and their children joined the Sadly the mothers turned around. 'Come, 

group. The older children ran ahead. "I've heard children, we'll go home," they said, 

about Jesus," said one. "Story! Story!" cried the tiny one. 

"Yes," said another. "My father says He's a "Don't send the children away!" called Jesus, 

great prophet." "I want to see them!" 

"My father says He's the Messiah," added a Quickly the children ran to Jesus. He put His 

t^^^^- hands on their heads and blessed them. He held 

The mothers were talking about Jesus, too. "Do ^^^^ little ones on His lap 

you suppose Jesus will bless our children?" won- „^^ , ^^ ,„ , j\u 4.- 

dered one. "Story! Story!" begged the tiny one. 

"They say He's a great story-teller," said Jesus laughed and told them a story, 

another. . — Based on Mark 10:1-16 

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Memory Time: Let the little children come to me and forbid them not. 

—Mark 10:14b 

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30 The Brethren Evangelist 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

A Rainy Day Decision 

"It's raining," said Mrs. Loi when she looked 
out the window Thursday morning. 

"We have the neighborhood meeting at Too 
May's this afternoon," said Mr. Loi. "Perhaps the 
rain will stop before then." 

But it didn't. It was a slow, steady rain that 
lasted all day. 

When it was time to go, Mr. Loi said, "Let's 
take lots of cloths. If we have the children wipe 
their feet carefully and sit on the floor on cloths. 
Too May's mother might let us meet in the house." 

Now this was the Thursday Father planned to 
be home early so that he, too, could hear what 
Too May and her friends were being taught. 

"Do you think they will come on such a rainy 
day?" he asked Mother. 

"Too May said, before she went to school, that 
in some neighborhoods they meet in the house 
when the weather is bad," answered Mother. "She 
asked if they could come in if it's raining this 

"What did you tell her?" asked Father. 

"Well, I knew you were going to be home and 
wanted to hear what they talked about," said 
Mother. "So I told her it would be all right this 
time if they didn't get the furniture wet and dirty." 

"Good," said Father. 

Mr. and Mrs. Loi waited outside the house until 
the children came. 

"I'm glad you're here," said Too May when she 
and her friends came from school. "Mother said 
we may meet inside if we don't get things wet 
and dirty." 

"We will be very careful," said Mr. Loi. "Now, 

children, after you take off your shoes, wipe your 
feet with one of these cloths. Take another one 
to sit on on the floor." 

The children paused at the door to remove their 
shoes and wipe their feet. Then they entered the 
house. They all sat on the floor except the two 
biggest ones. 

"May we sit on chairs?" asked Lu Ming. The 
floor is so crowded." 

"I think it will be all right, if you put a clean 
cloth on the chair before you sit down," Mr. Loi 

Soon the children were all settled, and they 
began singing "Jesus Loves Me." 

Father and Mother were seated inside the 
kitchen door where they could see and hear every- 
thing that was going on. 

They heard Mr. Loi tell the story about the lost 
sheep and the shepherd who searched to find it. 
They heard him say, "God loves you that much. 
He wants you to be part of His family. He wants 
you to accept Jesus as your Savior." 

Too May had tears in her eyes when she heard 
about the lost sheep. But a smile spread quickly 
across her face when the shepherd found the 

Now she said softly, "Mr. Loi, I want Jesus to 
be my Savior." 

"We can't let her do that," said Mother. "She 
must worship our family gods. 

"It would not be polite to interrupt the meeting," 
said Father. "Just wait. We'll find a way to change 
her mind." 

(continued next month) 


Monkey's Uncle 

(continued from page 10) 

so-called links between man and ape have 
now been recognized as completely either 
man or ape (or fraud)." 

The famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" was 
once heralded as a triumph for Darwin's 
theory. A bevy of scientific authorities 
were launched against William Jennings 
Bryan in that trial. Prof. Newton of the 
University of Chicago introduced the 
"Nebraska Man" — a man reported to have 
dwelt on our continent one million years 
ago. Bryan had no way to defend against 
such "evidence." What was the evidence 
introduced? It was a tooth. A tooth had 
been extracted from the earth and ingen- 
iously used to construct a male and female. 

It had to be the world's most fertile tooth! 

In the years following the Scopes Trial, 
the "six million dollar" tooth of Nebraska 
Man was found to belong to a species of 
an extinct pig. This pig was once found all 
over the North American continent. 

"Give us a tooth," cried the experts, 
"(and) we'll create a whole race of 
fossilized humanity." Unfortunately, the 
exposure of this mistake did not make the 
headlines as the original discovery of the 
tooth and its introduction into the trial 

If only William Jennings Bryan had 
known, he might have required the pro- 
fessor with the dental evidence to restrict 
his testimony to: "The tooth, the whole 
tooth, and nothing but the tooth, so help 
us God!" 

May 1977 



prepared by 
Romayne Flora 

Paul Goes /o Rome 

Acfs 24—28 

''You shall receive power . . . you shall be my witnesses 
... to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8 RSV 

This section of Acts concludes our study of 
the great book telling of the expansion of Chris- 
tianity through the Good News of Jesus Christ. 
Last month our story left Paul in prison at 

When the leaders of the Jews learned that Paul 
was at Caesarea, they got a lawyer, Tertullus, 
and made a quick trip there in order to bring 
charges against Paul. Read Acts 24:2-9. The 
charges the lawyer made were all lies. 

Paul, in his defense before Felix, the governor, 
said that he was a follower of "the Way." This 
was a term given by Christians to Christianity at 
that time. Felix did not want to commit himself 
to freeing Paul, so he sent him back to prison 
guarded by a Roman officer. 

After two years Felix was replaced by a new 
governor, Festus. Festus reviewed Paul's case, and 
during this review Paul appealed to Caesar, the 
emperor (Acts 24:11). And so to Rome Paul must 

Before Paul left Caesarea, King Agrippa and 
his sister, Bernice, came to visit Festus. Agrippa 
was higher in authority than Festus. Paul had 
given his defense before Festus (Acts 25:8-11), 
and Festus was anxious for Agrippa to hear Paul's 
story. So on a given day Paul appeared before 
Agrippa and Bernice. It must have been quite a 
show. Read Acts 25:23. Chapter 26 is the account 
of Paul speaking to Agrippa. Notice verses 3, 
8, 17, 18, 23, and 32. 

Chapter 27 begins the story of the trip to Rome. 
Luke includes himself ("we" in verse 1). A 
member of the church in Thessalonica, 
Aristarchus, was also a traveling companion. The 
account of the voyage, place to place, is recorded 

Planning the Meeting 

1. Use a large map and trace Paul's journey to 
Rome. Patronesses, use your knowledge to aid 
the girls in this task. 

2. The study for next month, July, will be in the 
Old Testament. Read the book of Esther. 

by Luke in Acts 27:1—28:13. Tell two things that 
happened on this historic voyage. 

"We came to Puteoh" (Acts 28:13). Puteoh was 
one of the seaports of Rome. The Appian Way 
led straight to Rome from here. Along the way 
the party met Christians who had come to meet 
Paul. Read Acts 28:15, 16. 

In Rome 

"And when we came to Rome" (Acts 28:16). 
Paul was allowed to live in a rented house, but 
was probably chained to a Roman soldier at all 
times. Think how many soldiers heard about Jesus 
Christ during the two years Paul was in custody. 

One of the first things Paul did was to call for 
the leaders of the Jews. A short while later he 
spent a day talking with the Jews. He spoke from 
the Old Testament to show that Jesus was the 
Savior. Some believed, but many rejected Christ. 
Read Acts 28:23, 24. Paul's final word to them is 
in Acts 28:28. 

Read Acts 28:30, 31. Luke ends the book sud- 
denly. Or does he? Read Acts 1:8. Paul and the 
other people we have read about in Acts had com- 
pleted the witnessing from Jerusalem to Rome. 
That seems to have been Luke's purpose in writ- 
ing, so when the circle was complete, he closed 
his book. 

What happened to Paul? While in custody he 
wrote several books of our New Testament: Philip- 
pians, Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon. Some 
early church historians tell us that Paul was 
released from custody and that he did some more 
traveling, possibly going west to Spain and then 
returning to the east. He was arrested again for 
preaching Christ and once again taken to Rome 
where he was sentenced to death. Tradition says 
he was beheaded. A beautiful church stands where 
it is thought he was buried. All over the world 
there are churches built in his memory. 

It cost Paul a great deal to tell of Jesus Christ 
and His saving power. Read 2 Corinthians 11:24- 
28. All of these things happened to Paul before 
he was imprisoned at Caesarea and made the 
voyage to Rome. 

What has it cost you to witness for Jesus 


The Brethren Evangelist 

What Do You Think of Paul? 

The following quotations are answers to that 
question from some students in a class on "The 
Life of Paul" at the Mansfield Christian Institute, 
Mansfield, Ohio (used with permission). 

"Paul was a person who did exist and whose 
life story is most fascinating. He was the one 
who did more than any other Christian to estab- 
lish churches and spread the teachings of Jesus 
throughout the world. He was so very human and 
was living proof that there is hope for anyone to 
follow the teachings of Jesus and to understand 

"The man, Paul, was the model Christian." 

"He was not one of the original twelve disciples, 
but certainly Christianity would not have grown 
to the now existent religion of today, had it not 
been for Paul. It is amazing to comprehend how 
the words of two thousand years ago have sur- 
vived the ages. It must be God's will that all be 
brought to Christ, when one stops to consider all 
the trials and tribulations the Word and its mis- 
sionaries have suffered, only to be so alive today." 

"Paul was a very determined apostle. At the 

The No-Good Image 

One day a missionary knocked on the door of 
a home just across the border in Mexico. A little 
boy from the home had been attending gospel 
meetings and the missionary was anxious to meet 
the family. The mother, with dark-eyed children 
around her, invited the man into her home. 

"Come in," she said, and quickly added, "We 
are of another faith." Most of the homes in the 
village were, and so the missionary understood. 

The mother continued, saying, "But notice we 
have no saints (images)." The Christian worker 
looked around and saw some chickens in the room 
and an egg lying in one corner, but there were 
no images, which was most unusual. 

The mother explained that she had had "saints" 
but was in great trouble one time and had made 
a big promise to one of the "saints" if he would 
help her. She said she prayed and waited. 

"Nothing happened. He did not do one thing 
to help me, so after some time I didn't pay any 
attention to him. I just let him sit there." 

"One day one of the chickens jumped up on 
the image. The image fell down and broke into 
many pieces. I thought, if he could not hold up 
a chicken, he surely could not be of any help to 
me. I picked up the pieces and threw them outside 
on the dump." 

Do you have a "saint" in your heart that should 
be broken and cast on the dump? Is there some- 
thing keeping you from full service for the Lord 
Jesus Christ? Paul and his co-workers preached 
the only Good News which had ever been heard: 
"Surrender your life to Christ and live daily in 
His Way." 

end of his first missionary journey it would have 
been so easy to go on down the road from Derbe 
to his home in Tarsus. The love of Jesus and for 
the souls of mankind drove him right back to 
the churches he had established and through places 
where great physical torture had been inflicted 
on him. His persistence even after being stoned 
and beaten helps to remind me that a few sharp 
words is the most my witness for Jesus has 
cost me." 

What do you think? 

SMM Scholarship 

I would like to receive an application for the 1977 
SMM Scholarship. 

My name iS: 


city, state, zip 

My SMM Patroness is: 


city, state, zip 
My pastor is: 


city, state, zip 

My high school guidance counselor is: 

school address 

city, state, zip 

Return this form to: 

Nancy Ronk 
227 College Ave. 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Be sure to include all information. 

May 1977 



General Secretary's Notes 

1977 General Conference 

Dear Sisterhood Girls and Friends, 

Isn't spring a beautiful time of the year? I 
guess it's most people's favorite season. (I can't 
decide — I enjoy them all!) Spring makes me happy 
and excited. The warm weather feels so good to 
breathe. It makes me want to run and jump and 
tumble in the grass. I forget about my assign- 
ments and problems for a while and go crazy in 
the sunshine. I like the warm, bright sun shining 
on my face and even in my eyes. On the first day 
of warm weather, I would like to just bask in the 
sunshine all afternoon, since I haven't had the 
great weather to enjoy for such a long time. But, 
of course, there are always "inside" things to be 
done on that day, so I enjoy little bits of the 
weather each day instead. I guess that keeps me 
from tiring of spring. (Actually, I'm not sure I 
ever could.) 

Well, summer is almost here, and it brings one 
of my favorite weeks of the year. That's National 
Conference. I really do look forward to it; I'm 
not just saying that! I miss seeing my family — 
all the Brethren. It's so exciting to get together 

The SMM Conference program is shaping up 
pretty well. I'll give you a few plans we have. One 
of our days is a program on Christian dating and 
marriage. A panel of young, mai^ried, former 
Sisterhood girls will share with us and answer 
our questions. Think about that topic, and discuss 
it in your group before Conference. Another day 
Kitty Winfield will share some thoughts and 
experiences from her life and the Nigerian mission 

We will have a session to share our problems 
and concerns or successes in Sisterhood across 
the country. We'd like to hear what your group 
did with the two Bible-reading books (Acts and 
Esther) this year. Come prepared to tell what you 
gained from the Evangelist programs and your 
own study of these books. 

Special music for our meetings will be provided 
by some of your local groups (Warsaw, I hope, 
and Linwood) and the Colombia Mission Intern 

Letters are being sent to some of the district 
WMS presidents to find some women who might 
accept the nomination for SMM patroness or 
assistant. The Board would like to receive many 
nominations this year. The district presidents are 
to announce this at the district WMS meetings 
and get a list of volunteers or suggestions from 
the women. You girls and WMS women who read 
this may also make suggestions. Send the women's 
names and addresses to me (227 College Avenue, 

Ashland, Ohio 44805), and I will write to ask their 
consent to be placed on the ballot. 

There will be one big change in the organiza- 
tion of the SMM Conference this year. It will be 
organized! Each reg-istered group with dues paid 
will be allotted one delegate per every five 
members. Credentials will be sent to the patron- 
esses during the summer. Delegate fee will be 
$1.00. The delegates who present their credentials 
at the SMM (not BYC) registration time (pre- 
ceding the meeting) will be seated in a certain 
area of the room during the business meetings. 
Girls who are not delegates with credentials will 
be allowed to take part in all but the voting. We 
still welcome these girls. The problem we are 
trying to stop is the many "delegates" we have 
had in the past whose churches do not have SMM 
societies! When June or July arrives, make sure 
you know where the credentials for your group 
are, and have them ready for the first SMM 

Following is a list of the registered and paid 
societies, which will be allowed to have voting 
delegates. If your group is not listed here, quickly 
send me the name, address, and age of each mem- 
ber and patroness of your group, plus dues — $1.50 
for seniors and $1.00 for juniors. Dues go to 
Debbie Munson at 616 Park St., Ashland, Ohio 

Brush Valley 

County Line 


New Lebanon Jr. and Sr. 

Sarasota Jr. and Sr. 

Vinco Jr. and Sr. 



Milledgeville Jr. 

Pleasant View 


Wayne Heights Jr. 
That's all the dues Debbie has received to this 
date, but there are 17 more groups registered 
which haven't paid. Dues are late, but if you want 
to be represented at Conference, we will still 
accept them. No delegates will be accepted from 
non-paying societies. 

I hope I have gotten you more excited about 
coming to Conference this year. The more par- 
ticipation we have from you, the better our meet- 
ings will be. So, start getting ready now, and 
join in the discussions when you get here. The 
dates are August 15-19, 1977. I'll keep you posted 
about Conference till then. 

In His Service, 
Nancy Ronk 


The Brethren Evangelist 



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Rev. Brian Moore 
Ardmore Brethren Church 
South Bend, Indiana 46628 

Dear Brian, 

i-u^ rhurch eroNWth emphasis. I 
Thank you for sharing your ^^^'^^^XZ^^TJt^tJtici.r. for the Ohio 
found your P"<='"""^8 insights encou'^gg- „„ g,o„th in our 

District, I -""'l^,"^^^ ^CcauTe - eeorded losses in every n,ajor 
:^r:o^.:::rh:fsMra=nces, and fa.iiy unUs. 

IH to sav the growth emphasis 
.■■.„„,. e.ction I •••'""••„;" "l'"r\."l the cause of our decline, 

had peaked out. But I pinpointed "'^='' =^Pf"'^= .c^astians to faith in Christ 
?n Ohio, we are sin,ply not winning enouh-nCh^^ ^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ 

ro:L:r:orctrc^drn:rr:rnT,^ fo. lery .. metnhers, 

I wish I knew how »e could "°/;^^;^^.::;^°*:^o°c ^rd^e^froJ^'my co^pla- 
pointed sermons nor high-po«ered ^^^"J'" conference should form 

cency. In keeping with this year' s theine^^pe^^^P^ ^^^^^^.^^ ^^^^ ^^^ 

;:;^:^::^^^:S:^ n i-..J-.^^.^^ -- enga^c-iT^utreach. 

Oeorge Oallup reported .ecen.y^ ther are .ople .en to the^Chris^ 

rerfas'trg^rva^ar : ttre^Unt^^epmg late, working around the 
house, and so forth. 

Disregarding the first two groups, ^^^ ^""^^^.ta'lfflom tCYat'ter gTo^upal^ne. 
church attendance and involvement by "bout one ^^^.^^^^^^^„ ^^^^^^^^_ „^ 

°u::r; -n Z I'Z 1:::i::^^^^ r... ...rl a... to our doors for answers, 

.3 we mature in church growth, w ^ ^gTor pXc^^ ^Vt^Vouf^' 
itself. The key is that we must mature, m g s 

way of life. 

. . ou Brian for stimulating my thinking. I hope other readers 
Afxain, thank you, Brian, lui oi- 
will tSk further^'and share their insights, too. 


tS^: a ministry o 

f the Brethren Church 

Equipping A XJUlAM for Ministry 




May 8-15, 1977 

Ephesians 4:1-16 

For nearly thirty years, BYC groups across the 
nation have evangelized, encouraged, and equipped 
youth for lay and professional ministries. 

Today the Board of Christian Education leads the 
way in "Equipping Youth for Ministry" in the Breth- 
ren Church. Current programs and services include: 

— Administration of Summer Crusaders and 

— National Brethren Youth Convention 

— Quality youth publications, such as Morning Star 
and More Mail 

— Weekly program Guidelines for high school BYC 
groups (January-May 1977) 

— Leadership development through National Brethren 
Youth Council 

Your contribution to the Brethren Youth Offering 
will assist in "Equipping Youth for Ministry." Give 
through your church envelope system or (if no such 
system exists) mail directly to: 

Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

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Junk 1977 



Brethren Publishing Company 

Company purchases new presses 

The Brethren Publishing Company purchased 
two pre-owned offset presses last month for use 
by its printing department. 

Included in the purchase were an 8y2 by 14 inch 
Multilith press and a 17 by 22 inch Harris press. 
The acquisitions will double the previous size 
capability for offset lithography. 

According to Richard DeVeny, print shop 
superintendent, the Harris press will also allow 
the company to improve the quality of its offset 

The printing department currently produces 
printed materials for most denominational min- 
istries and many Brethren churches, in addition 
to Publishing Company products. The new presses 
are expected to benefit the church as a whole 
through improved communications. 

Marceal Zimmerman retires 

Marceal Zimmerman retired May 5 after com- 
pleting nearly 18 years with the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company. 

Mrs. Zimmerman began her employment on the 
first day of General Conference in 1959. After a 
period of part-time employment, she served full- 
time as bookkeeper and assistant manager of the 
Brethren Bookstore. 

She was honored by the Publishing Company 
and denominational employees at a carry-in dinner 
on her last day of work. She received a letter of 
commendation from St. Clair Benshoff, president 
of the Publishing Board. She was also presented 
a potted plant from the company and staff 

Individual subscribers are being offered a special 
opportunity for early renewal. If you are an 
individual subscriber, watch your mail for details. 

The Indiana District Conference distributed 
copies of their conference program to nearly 3,000 
members and friends by way of the Brethren 
Publishing Company addressing service. Other 
districts are encouraged to inquire how they can 
benefit from a similar promotional approach. 
Contact John Rowsey for details. 

Reprints of Al Shifflett's "Am I a Monkey's 
Uncle?" from the May Brethren Evangelist are 
now available. Prices are: 30(f each; $3.00/ dozen; 
$10.00/50; $18.00/100. Send check or money order 
to the Brethren Publishing Company. 

Richard DeVeny, print shop superintendent, 
demonstrates to a kindergarten class how a booklet 
is assembled. Two classes from the Ashland Christian 
School visited the printing department on May 5 
as part of the Ashland City Schools' Career Day. 

Brethren Church Bulletin Service 
begins July 1 

The Brethren Publishing Company initiates its 
new Brethren Church Bulletin Service with the 
first Sunday in July, according to Ron Waters. 

"A number of pastors and local churches had 
asked for a bulletin service especially adapted 
for the Brethren Church. After consultation with 
a number of publishers, we entered into an agree- 
ment with Cathedral Press of Minnesota." 

The color covers of the "every-Sunday" series 
are the same as those provided all Cathedral 
customers. However, the message on the back 
cover of one bulletin per month is prepared 
especially for Brethren churches. 

Currently, 20 Brethren churches have signed 
up for the service. Others are considering partici- 
pation, beginning with the fall quarter. 

"As more churches begin using the service, we 
expect to add more messages related to the 
church," Mr. Waters commented. "And there is 
no additional charge for using the special bulletins 
other than the regular bulletin cost." 

Orders are being received until July 1 for the 
fall quarter. The bulletins sell for $2.10 per 
hundred for the "every-Sunday" service. Contact 
Ron Waters at the Brethren Publishing Company 
for more information. 

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James Weber describes a Bib- 
lical way to find those hiding 
missionaries in your church on 
page 5. (Illustration by Cathy 

Vol. 99. No. 6 'June 1977 

5 Are There Missionaries Hiding in YoHr Chmrehl 

James Weber says today's missionary shortage hinges on the 
church's superficial approach to finding them. 

7 Freedom to Be Yourself 

Jeanette Lockerbie discovered how to find that freedom when 
her husband died. 

8 Bruce Long: I Believe In Music 

What happens when a young man combines a love for con- 
temporary music with a desire to serve the Lord? 

Brethren Church Ministries 
10 Ministerial Student Aid 

Student Aid — Meeting New Challenges; Recruitment — New 
Function of the Ministerial Student Aid Committee; 1976 Fin- 
ancial Report; Thank You — Aid Recipients Respond. 

22 Christian Education 

1977 Church Staff Interns. 

24 World Relief 

New Windsor — Hub of Relief Operations; Another View of 
World Relief. 


16 Update 

28 Books 

29 Church Growth Forum 

Baptism — Big Deal? 

30 Auxiliary Materials 
34 Editorial 

The Prayer Meeting That Lasted 100 Years. 

June 1977 

Are There 
Hiding in Your 

James Weber maintains that today's mission- 
ary shortage hinges on the church's super- 
ficial approach to finding them. 

TODAY we frequently hear reports of 
how the worldwide Christian church is 
growing far more rapidly, percentage wise, 
than the population. Present trends indi- 
cate that parts of South America and pos- 
sibly all of Africa will be more than 50 
percent Christian by the end of this century. 
The worldwide outlook for Christian mis- 
sions today is brighter than at any other 
time since the beginning of the church. 

However, we must continually remind 
ourselves that though the harvest is far 
greater today, the need for laborers is also 
far greater today than at any other time 
in history. We can and should rejoice in 
the thrilling reports of progress, but God 
forbid that we become so elated over these 
advances that we become blind to the 
existing problems. 

When Christ issued the Great Commis- 
sion, the entire world population was nearly 
300 million — equal to today's U.S. popu- 
lation. If Christ said that laborers were 
few then, how would He express it today 
with a world population of over four 

Dr. Vincent Brushwyler has pointed out 

James Weber is a Conservative Baptist mission- 
ary in Japan. 

(Illustration by Cathy Stolz.) 

various possible reasons for the scarcity 
of laborers: wrong human relationships, 
love of the world, failure to discern between 
time and eternity, and misunderstanding of 
what is involved in the missionary call. 

I suggest there is another contribution 
to the scarcity of laborers — that is, our 
stereotyped methods of seeking volunteers 
for missionary service. A challenging 
speaker brings a stirring message on the 
needs around the world. Scriptures are 
quoted, pointing out the responsibility of 
the church, and then an invitation is pre- 
sented for volunteers to step forward. 

I am wondering if this is the biblical 
method. Is this the way the early church 
faced the challenge of a dying world? 
Acts 13:1-4 records a radically different 

First, there were several men described 
as leaders in the church at Antioch. These 
were prophets and teachers such as 
Barnabas, Symeon, Lucius, Manaen, and 

Second, the church was in fellowship — 
they were ministering and fasting. We see 
very little of the latter today! 

Third, the Holy Spirit spoke to the 
church, not to the individual this time, and 
said, "Separate Barnabas and Saul for the 

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June 1977 

work which I have called them." The basic 
truth expressed in these verses is rein- 
forced in Timothy's case. His church 
recognized his gifts and, through the lay- 
ing on of hands, ordained him. 

My major question is this — could it 
possibly be that part of the reason for the 
scarcity of missionary laborers today is 
the failure of the corporate church body 
to be alert to the spiritual gifts in its 
individual members? Add to this its failure 
to direct the exercise of such gifts not 
simply in the local church, but in a global 
context. To push this a step further, I 
suggest that the church is overlooking a 
great source of sendable ones within its 
circle of leaders. 

We aim all our promotional gimmicks 
and gadgets at young people hoping to 
challenge them with the worldwide needs 
and opportunities. However, when the New 
Testament church was in fellowship, the 
Holy Spirit worked through the church to 
select His men. And whom did He choose — 
the new convert? The new seminary grad- 
uate? No. He called church leaders, the 
men with experience. 

I wonder what might take place on mis- 
sion fields around the world if our churches 
in the homeland applied Acts 13:1-4 and 
followed the example of that church in 

They fasted and prayed. This was seri- 
ous business, and the church met God's 
conditions for spiritual guidance. A per- 
sonal cost was involved, and at this point 
many will tune out. The world and the 
worldly Christian prefer feasting and pa- 
rades to fasting and prayer, but the latter 
course produced a highly successful mis- 
sionary program in that early church. 

They laid their hands on them. Here we 
have identification. The senders were one 
with those sent. The emphasis was not on 
the volunteers, but on those who appointed 
and ordained. It was their responsibility to 
choose and send out the best-equipped, and 
these were part of that church's very 

Is that our position today? Experience 
tells me it is not. I remember the sharp 
fellow who was considering the mission 
field, but a fine evangelical seminary in 
the States desired his services. We were 
told how much more effective he could be 
at home. "Why waste that talent in the 
jungles?" The Christians at Antioch could 
have used the same approach, but praise 
the Lord they did not! 

"When the New Testament church 
was in fellowship, the Holy Spirit 
worked through the church to select 
His men . . . church leaders, the 
men with experience." 

I am not in any sense trying to indicate 
that every church leader should be sent 
to the mission field. All do not have the 
missionary gift, just as all do not have the 
gift of prophecy or evangelism or teaching. 

What I am setting forth is that the early 
church considered its missionary outreach 
to be of such importance that the members 
looked among their leaders for those who 
possessed the apostolic or missionary gift. 
Then the church sent them. 

My years of experience on the mission 
field have convinced me that today's 
churches are not always following the 
methods of the early church when it comes 
to the laying on of hands, for it is evident 
that some missionaries have been sent out 
who should not have been; the fact that 
the laborers are few is proof enough that 
many who should be sent are still at home! 

They sent them away. Here was a grow- 
ing church with a worldwide vision. In 
Acts 11 they responded to a famine in 
Judea by taking a special offering and 
sending relief. However, in Acts 13 they 
went far beyond that — they sent some of 
their own leaders! 

A number of years ago I spoke in a 
stateside church which had a large pastoral 
staff. Afterwards, the congregation was 
surprised to see one of the pastors step 
forward. He said, "I can't stand it any 
longer. I have to go to the mission field." 
Many rejoiced, but, sadly enough, there 
were many who opposed sending this man 
out. They felt his successful ministry 
among the church youth was too important 
for him to leave. Some said that since this 
man had a large family he should not be 
considered for the mission field. Other 
arguments were presented as well, but the 
Lord overruled, and today this man and 

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When her husband died, 
Jeane+te Lockerbie discovered 
how you can find 



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TS there really a light at the end of 

the tunnel of grief? 

It would be hard to convince a 
person who is in this tunnel. In fact, 
at some points it would be almost 
cruel to suggest such a possibility, 
because grief, whatever the cause of 
it, must run its course in order to 
do its work in our lives. Recycling, 
moving into a new future, is the last 
thing a person wants to hear about 
while the hurt is fresh and raw. 

Nevertheless, as hundreds of men 
and women will testify, as they look 
back they can discern that it was 
the very crisis itself, the loss of a 
significant person in their lives, that 
gave them the chance to be them- 
selves. For some people this is the 
very first chance — no, not the first: 
in infancy we all have that oppor- 
tunity — the freedom to be who we 
are. It is a short-lived state, to be 
sure, for life's necessary inhibitions 
soon take over. Parental "Do's and 
Don't's" begin to mold even the tiny 
baby. Maybe earlier than we think, 
a baby can be picking up the vibra- 
tions — perhaps through a look or a 
tone of voice — of what is expected 
of him or her. The young child 
catches on to what is acceptable and 
can keep life relatively smooth. As 
we know, some conform; some never 

Every stage of life imposes other 
people's expectations upon us, and to 
a greater or lesser degree we recog- 
nize this and try to fit the image. 
There is the teacher with her image 
of what the pupil should be, the 
peer-group image that teenagers live 
by, employer/employee expectations 
to be attained — and so it goes all 
through life. Even the husband and 
wife in more cases than not (as 
studies show) are rarely themselves. 
Always there is the "right" image, 
the "should" to be adhered to. 
Until — and for most people this is 
a tragic "until" — there is not a 
someone to whom it is genuinely 
meaningful how or if you fit the 

(continued on next page) 

Mrs. Lockerbie is the editor of Psychology 
for Living magazine and staff M-riter for 
the Narramore Christian Foundation of 
Rosemead. CaUfornia. 

This article is from her new book, FIFTY 
PLUS, published by Revell. 

June 1977 

And it is then hard to feel that there is 
anything left to live for. 

Yet the time does come for most people 
(unless they had other deep disturbances 
in addition to the loss of the person dear 
to them) when they can catch at least a 
glimmer of light in the distance. Even a 
flickering candle spells hope. 

When this moment arrives, two questions 
are usually uppermost in the awakened 
consciousness: Where am I going? and 
What am I going to do? But underlying 
each of these is the bigger, philosophical 
question: Who am I? 

These feelings are not always expressed, 
even in our thoughts. More often we tend 
to push them down. As Christians, we seem 
to have a sense that it is unspiritual to 
question, that this is not acceptable to God. 
Yet God is the Giver of our power to ques- 
tion, as He is of every other faculty we 
possess. He even bids us to "come and 
reason together" (see Isaiah 1:18). 

Who am I? Where am I going? Why 
am I here? 

At the risk of being considered simplistic, 
let me share with you my own unalterable 
belief that God has a plan for my life. He 
has a plan for your life, for the life of 
everyone who has trusted Jesus Christ and 
received Him as Lord and Saviour. So that 
is the answer to why I am here. This may 
be hard for you to accept at a particular 
time, if your life is being channeled in other 
directions than those which check out with 
your own plans for your life. 

A young woman told me recently as we 
were talking along these lines, "I'm mad 
at God these days." Why was she angry 
at God? Because of certain things that had 
happened in her life, and she was not see- 
ing God immediately clear up the whole 
thing and let her get on with what she 
really wanted to do with her life. Most of 
us are not all that honest and quick to 
admit it, but I suspect that, like myself, 
many Christians have such moments at 
particular junctures in life. 

What does all this have to do with the 
recycling of our potential when life has 

Bruce Long: I Believe in Music 

What happens when a young 
man combines a love for con- 
temporary Christian music with 
a desire to serve the Lord? 

For Bruce Long, member of 
Smithville Brethren Church, the 
result was sponsorship of a 
Christian music concert on May 
7. Featured were the Second 
Chapter of Acts and Mike and 
Kathy Deasy. 

According to Bruce, "It all got 
started a couple of years ago 
when some friends and I spon- 
sored a concert. We had a group 
from Ashland and held the con- 
cert in our junior high school 
auditorium. Only about 50 people 
showed up, but we had a good 
time doing it. 

"I began to write to some 
groups on my own, just to see 
who was available. The agent 
for the Second Chapter of Acts 
wrote back and said the group 
was planning to go on tour. 
They were interested in talking 
with us." 

So Bruce and his friends 
formed Harmony Productions, 
which sponsored the May 7 con- 
cert. "Harmony Productions is, 
essentially, a group of Chris- 

tians dedicated to the presenta- 
tion of the gospel of Jesus Christ 
through contemporary music," 
he said. 

Bruce called the Second Chap- 
ter of Acts one of the top 
contemporary Christian groups 
in the country. "They have 
worked with many of the fin- 
est Christian musicians around, 
making four albums of their 
own and appearing on numer- 
ous other albums as back-up 

"Their style is light and re- 
freshing. The voices of two sis- 
ters and a brother blend into a 
single, indescribable sound. And 
on top of their musical skills, 
they minister in a great way 
through personal testimonies 
and sharing." 

Also appearing were Mike 
and Kathy Deasy. "Mike has 
appeared as a back-up musician 
on over 1,700 albums. Before 
he was a Christian, he played 
for Buffalo Springfield, the 
Byrds, Elvis Presley, and many 
others." Now he and his wife 
travel together, singing and 

As coordinator of Harmony 

Productions, Bruce spent months 
working out the endless details 
of hosting a concert. He first 
had to find a concert hall large 
enough to accommodate the 
gathering. ("They asked us for 
an auditorium seating no less 
than 1,000. Fisher Auditorium 
in Wooster seats 1,002.") And 
he had to develop and direct 
the publicity campaign for the 
concert. All of this was in 
addition to working a full-time 
job and taking a special night 
course in recording engineering. 

Before the concert, Bruce 
asked for the prayers of other 
believers. "If Christians will 
support us in prayer and God's 
will continues to be done, this 
one concert will turn into a 
whole series of concerts in the 
Wooster area." 

Christians must have prayed, 
for the entire operation ran 
very smoothly! And they bought 
tickets — over 850 attended the 
two and one-half hour concert. 

Which means residents of 
northcentral Ohio can probably 
expect more concerts sponsored 
by Harmony Productions and 
Bruce Long. 


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completely changed our course? Actually, 
the questioning period can be the quicken- 
ing of new life after years of what has 
been merely existing, getting through the 
days rather than living them. If I had never 
come to such a crossroads, I would not 
know what does, does not, and can happen 
to a person. I am just an average woman, 
so what happened to me could well be the 
experience of others who are themselves 
at one of life's "wits' end" corners. 

How true the Bible is, in my experience. 

1 had often read and even memorized the 
verse: "For our light affliction, which is 
but for a moment, works for me" (see 

2 Corinthians 4:17). But I well remember 
the day I stopped at the word work. Who 
ever heard of trials and troubles working 
for anybody! But that is what the Bible 
says. And since, with God's always- 
available help, I have been proving this in 
my own life, some people have even said 
to me, "You know, you're much more of a 
person than you used to be. I always used 
to see you as a kind of mousy preacher's 
wife just shaking hands with people at 
the church door — not much else, just a 
shadowy person." 

This frank appraisal did not disturb me 
one bit, for I had been content and happy 
to be in the shadow of an extremely per- 
sonable preacher husband. He was impres- 
sive enough for both of us. But I think I 
understand what these people were saying. 
I had not been, as we hear a lot these days, 
"my own person" — myself. 

It took me quite a long time to face up 
to the change in my life status with my 
husband's going, since a whole lot of other 
things went out of my life. No longer was 
there the parsonage with its security, with 
the belonging, or the interest and concern 
of a whole congregation, the feeling of 
being special to them that loving parishion- 
ers had given me for so many years. Apart 
from the emotional tearing up that such a 
loss brings, there is the very real matter 
of physical survival and how to earn a 
living with — as was true in my own case — 
few marketable skills in a highly compet- 
itive world. 

I can never fully express how good the 
Lord has been — and is — to me. When I 
needed it most. He caused to surface a 
latent ability with which He had gifted me. 
In a true and deep sense it is in this work, 
professional writing, that I have found 
answers to who I am. And because of this 
I have learned to be who I am. How lib- 
erating, how freeing to the human spirit 
this is! Freeing, in that I am not trying to 
fit an image. I have found and I keep on 

"It took me quite a long time to face 
up to the change In my life status 
with my husband's going, since a 
whole lot of other things went out 
of my life." 

discovering that once this compulsion to be 
what "they" think you should be is erased, 
you do not need the props of pretense. 

Before any of this can occur, before 
recycling can begin to be a positive experi- 
ence, there has to be this total recognition 
that the life you have been used to is no 
more. Lingering at the gate of the home 
that once was yours can only perpetuate 
unhappiness. Regretful looking back just 
impedes your progress, though admittedly 
it is hard not to fall prey to what-might- 
have-been or what-once-was sighing. 

You have to say — and ask God to help 
you grasp the significance of what you are 
saying: "I am not the preacher's wife" — 
"I am not the woman waiting for her 
husband to come home for dinner" — "I am 
not the mother with my children still 
depending on me." Or, for the retiree: "I 
am not in charge of a department (a class- 
room, a business office, or whatever filled 
your life prior to retirement)." 

There is a great plus for the person who 
can then begin to be himself. I even toy 
with the concept that it is at such a point 
in one's maturity that God can reactivate 
and work out His Plan A in a life. When 
we can appropriate sufficient grace (always 
there for the taking), when we can sum- 
mon the will to even thank God for our 
circumstances, we are on the road to 
enjoying the good things His plan includes. 
How can we be sure they are good? God 
has said so. 

For I know the plans I have for you, says the 
Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, 
to give you a future and a hope. 

(Jeremiah 29:11 TLB) 

A future and a hope? If this Vv^ere a 
singing commercial making its exaggerated 
promises, I wouldn't blame you for some 
cynical response. But this is God. He has 
plans for you, good plans — and for your 
good. I had good reason to believe this 
even before I found the verse in Jeremiah. 
This is the kind of God we have. 

June 1977 

ministerial student aid 

Student Aid 

Meeting New Challenges 

an analysis by J. R. Shul+z 

THE Ministerial Student Aid Fund 
has been a tremendous help to 
many students since it began many 
years ago. There are a number of 
men faithfully serving the Lord in 
Brethren pastorates and Brethren 
mission fields because of it. The 
Ministerial Student Aid Fund has 
helped in their education so they 
could be sufficiently prepared to 
serve efficiently. We thank God for 
the blessings in the past. 

Now the Ministerial Student Aid 
Fund is doing more than ever before : 

1) Financial aid has been given to 
three pre-seminary students at- 
tending colleges in Indiana and 
Pennsylvania. These students 
meet the requirements and are 
looking forward to attending 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 
The Brethren Church needs all 
of its young men, regardless of 
where they are living and attend- 
ing school. Therefore, the Minis- 
terial Student Aid Fund needs 
additional funds to help extend 
its outreach in this way. 

2) The Brethren Church will con- 
tinually have an acute need 
for more ministers. Retirements, 
church extension, and new church 
ministries all create a need for 
more persons in training for the 
ministry. These students need 
financial support from the church 

at the time of their life when 
they have little income and a lot 
of expense as students. 
3) Tuition costs increase each year. 
All higher education is affected 
by inflation and finds it necessary 
to increase costs almost annually. 
The graphs on page 11 tell a 
story. And consider these facts: 

— Living costs increase about 10 
percent per year (according to 
the Federal Reserve Bulletin). 
— Book costs for students have 
increased approximately 12 to 
15 percent per year. 

— All of these inflationary costs 
affect the student more than 
others because they are not work- 
ing in positions where they re- 
ceive proportionate increases in 
wages. Ministerial Student Aid 
is the difference. 
"Thanksgiving" is expressed by 
all students, past and present, for 
Ministerial Student Aid. All Brethren 
students receive some financial assis- 
tance, for which they are grateful. 

The story of the graphs impresses 
upon the church the need for increas- 
ing gifts to the Ministerial Student 
Aid Fund. The imperative of the 
gospel is the same as the imperative 
of the Ministerial Student Aid Fund 
in training students for the gospel 

Thank you for your support. 


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New Function of the 

Ministerial Student Aid Committee 

RECRUITING men (and women) for 
ministry is a relatively new function of 
the Brethren Ministerial Student Aid Fund 

Acting in accord with the mandate of 
the 1976 General Conference, the committee 
sponsored a banquet for Brethren seminary 
and pre-seminary students and unaffiliated 
students who had expressed an interest in 
Brethren church ministries. 

Forty-three persons (including students, 
wives, the committee, and denominational 
representatives) met at the Claremont 
House in Ashland on December 17, 1976. 
Following the meal, the present and pro- 
jected ministries of the Brethren Church 
were outlined by the denominational execu- 
tives and Dr. Shultz. 

The students' questions, observations, and 
impressions were discussed at length. The 
committee's guests expressed an apprecia- 
tion for the church's interest in them and 
for the new insights they had gained. 

We hope that some of the unaffiliated 
will consider ministry in the Brethren 

report by Fred Burkey 



sr -If,- 

Dorman Ronk was one of the denominational 
executives sharing information on the ministries 
of the Brethren Church. 



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Forty-three students, wives, committee members, and denominational 
leaders participated in the December banquet. 


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ministerial student aid 

Brethren Ministerial Student Aid 

1976 Financial Report 


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Church gifts 
Individual gifts 
Loan repayments 








College students, Spring 1976 $ 1,100.00 

College students. Fall 1976 3,550.00 

Seminary students, Winter 1976 1,350.00 

Seminary students. Spring 1976 2,631.08 

Seminary students. Fall 1976 1,500.00 

Total grants $10,131.08 

Loans to students 480.00 

Promotional expenses 326.53 


We gave 9 college students 12 grants during the year, and we gave 14 
seminary students 30 grants. Sixty-four churches contributed funds to 
the Ministerial Student Aid Committee in 1976. 

June 1977 13 

ministerial student aid 

Thank You 

If I had not received Ministerial Student 
Aid, I would not be graduating from college 
this spring. It also has reduced the amount 
of money that I would have had to borrow 
to stay in school. For this I am sincerely 

I will be entering Ashland Theological 
Seminary this fall. After finishing there, 
I plan to enter into full-time pastoral work 
in the Brethren Church. I will again need 
Student Aid while in Seminary. 

It is because of these funds that I am 
able to accomplish God's will in preparing 
to serve Him in the Brethren Church. 

— Jim Vandermark, South Bend, Ind. 

Praise the Lord for the Ministerial 
Student Aid Fund! 

My goals are set for Ashland Theological 
Seminary and the Brethren ministry. Some- 
times those goals are hard to reach, 
especially when the money supply has run 

There is no way I could make it without 
Student Aid. It has been a beautiful answer 
to prayer. 

I thank God continually for my support 

through the Ministerial Student Aid Fund. 

— Ken Hunn, Mishawaka, Ind. 


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Aid Recipients Respond 

Last year the church took a giant step 
toward increasing the number of young 
people training for ministry. That was by 
giving financial aid to students in any 
college who are preparing to attend Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 

The Ministerial Student Aid Fund Com- 
mittee has been most gracious in easing 
the strain for me to attend a private Chris- 
tian liberal arts college. 

May the Brethren be blessed for their 
willingness to support this fund. And many 
thanks from one who has experienced its 

— Jim Miller, Johnstown, Pa. 

Your contribution to the Ministerial Student Aid 
Fund will help men and women prepare for ministry in 
the Brethren Church. 

Rising costs require increased aid. Your generous 
gift during the month of June will encourage these men 
and women in their preparation. 

Thank you for your support during the past year and 
in the months ahead. 

Eugene Beekley, Chairman 

June 1977 



news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

Ashland College 

A. L. Schulti named new president 

Ashland, Ohio — The Ashland College Board of 
Trustees has selected Dr. Arthur L. Schultz as the 
College's 24th president. 

Dr. Schultz, 48, president of Albright College 
(Pa.) for the last 12 years, will assume his new 
duties on July 1. He replaces Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, 
who announced last August that he would retire 
in June after 29 years as president of Ashland 

In accepting his selection, Dr. Schultz sent a 
telegram to Elton Whitted, chairman of the 
Ashland College Board of Trustees, saying: "To 
the Board of Trustees at Ashland College: I 
humbly accept your election to serve as president 
of Ashland College, effective July 1, 1977. Ashland 
College has enjoyed distinguished leadership under 
Dr. Glenn L. Clayton. I hope that we might build 
on the strong foundations he has laid. I have com- 
plete faith in the future of Ashland College." 

In announcing the Board's decision. Chairman 
Whitted said, "The Ashland College Board of 
Trustees is happy to announce the appointment 
of Dr. Arthur L. Schultz as president of Ashland 

"Dr. Schultz' experience in management, develop- 
ment, and public relations, and his endorsement 
by all segments of the College community make 
him an ideal leader for Ashland College as it faces 
the challenges of these times." 

He added, "We look forward to welcoming Dr. 
Schultz and his wife, Louise, to our campus and 
community when he assumes his nev/ position in 

Albright, under the direction of Dr. Schultz, 
grew from 957 full-time students in 1S65 to 1,234 
this year. The College, located in Reading, Pa., 
about 55 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is 
affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It 
was founded in 1856. 

Prior to his presidency at Albright, Dr. Schultz 
held administrative positions at Otterbein College 
from 1956-1965. He served as director of public 
relations; assistant to the president; director of 
admissions, alumni relations, and church relations; 
and assistant in development. 

Before going to Otterbein, Dr. Schultz served as 
minister of the Albright United Methodist Church 
in Pittsburgh. He served at this church from 1952 
to 1956. 

A native of Johnstown, Pa., Dr. Schultz was 
graduated from Connellsville High School. He 
received his Bachelor of Arts degree from 


Dr. Arthur Schultz 

Otterbein College in 1949, his Master of Divinity 
from United Theological Seminary in 1952, his 
Master of Education in 1955 and his Doctor of 
Philosophy in 1963 from University of Pittsburgh. 
He received the honorary degree of Doctor of 
Laws from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy 
in 1966, and from Otterbein in 1970. 

In March 1971 Dr. Schultz served with 34 college 
and university administrators from the United 
States and Canada on an education study team 
which visited institutions of higher learning in 
Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Romania. 

Dr. Schultz was listed in the 1965 edition of 
"Outstanding Young Men of America" of the 
United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. His 
biographical material appears in "Who's Who in 
American Education," "Who's Who in the East," 
and "Who's Who in America." 

Dr. Schultz is joining Ashland College in its 
99th year. The College has 1,700 full-time students. 

Looking forward to his new challenge at 
Ashland, Dr. Schultz stated, "I was impressed with 
the excellent facilities and the caliber of people on 
the Ashland College campus. I feel the institution 
has a strong administrative staff and faculty, and 
students who are concerned about procuring a 
good education. 

"I am looking forward to returning to the 
Buckeye State." 


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AC grads include Brethren students 

by Joan Ronk 

Ashland College honored 346 graduates at its 
99th commencement on May 15, 1977. Included in 
that number were the following eight graduates 
who are members of the Brethren Church. 

Cathryn Harding Spreng majored in biology 
and minored in chemistry and received the 
Bachelor of Science degree. Cathryn excelled as a 
student and was graduated Summa Cum Laude. 
She completed her academic work in December, 
and during the second semester she was employed 
in the Ashland College Library and Research 
Center. In July she will begin a one-year intern- 
ship at Mansfield General Hospital in preparation 
for becoming a certified medical technologist. 
Cathy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. B. 
Harding, Jr. She and her husband, David Spreng, 
live in Ashland. 

Adriana Miranda Wilkinson is known by many 
Brethren people. She is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Juan Carlos Miranda, former missionaries 
in Argentina. Adriana received her Bachelor of 
Arts degree in Radio/TV. In 1976 Adriana was 
named by Glamour Magazine as one of the top 
ten college women in the USA. She also received 
scholarships from Script Howard Foundation for 
her achievements at Ashland. 

Adriana is married to Jeff Wilkinson. After 
completing her academic work at Ashland in 
December of 1976, she became the advertising con- 
sultant at KKHJ 94 in Rapid City, South Dakota. 
Adriana plans to pursue her career in broadcast 
sales, TV production and direction. 

Darlene Swenk received the two-year Associate 
of Arts degree with a major in secretarial science. 
Dar was a student helper in the Physical Education 
office and also a varsity cheerleader. She is the 
daughter of Paul Swenk and the late Mrs. Swenk 
of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. Darlene is a mem- 
ber of the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 

Sara Kiefer is the daughter of Mrs. Donald 
Kiefer and the late Mr. Kiefer of Warsaw, Indiana. 
Sara belonged to Alpha Theta (Christian fellow- 
ship), participated in intramurals, and worked in 
the AC bookstore. Her future plans include a June 
wedding and a career teaching social studies or 
being an accountant in the Cleveland area. She 
received the Bachelor of Science in Education 

Mark Baker is probably known by everyone in 
the Brethren Church! He has been a Summer 
Crusader, and this summer he is one of the four 
Interns who will serve in Medellin, Colombia. 
During his time at Ashland Mark sang with the 
AC choir and belonged to the college Republicans. 
Mark majored in religion and received the Bachelor 
of Arts degree. He was graduated Cum Laude. 

Mark plans to enter Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary in the fall in preparation for a pastoral 
ministry. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold 
Baker of North Manchester, Ind., and a member 
of the North Manchester congregation. Mark 
works in the Christian Education office, assisting 
Dr. Fred Burkey, the director. 

Keith Heist is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar 
Heist of Canton and a member of the Canton 
Trinity Brethren Church. He majored in economics 
and received the Bachelor of Science in Business 
Administration degree. Keith was frequently listed 
on the Academic Honors list. He was president 
of the Logos Society and treasurer of the Math 
Club. Keith anticipates a career teaching high 
school economics and coaching basketball. 

Tim Watkins is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe 
Watkins of Louisville, Ohio, and a member of the 
Canton Trinity Brethren Church. Tim majored in 
political science and marketing and received the 
Bachelor of Arts degree. During his time at Ash- 
land Tim was president of his sophomore class, 
a member of the Student Senate, secretary and 
alumni secretary of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, 
and a participant in the Faculty Honors Program. 
Tim plans to attend the American Graduate 
School of International Management at Glendale, 

Tracy Wilt, Jr., from Washington, D.C., is the 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Wilt. He majored in 
drama and music and received the Bachelor of 
Arts degree. Tracy was a member of the Ashland 
College choir and had leading roles in many 
theatre and musical performances. During the 
summers he has been a Crusader. 

Tracy has an assistantship at the University of 
Akron for next year. He will work toward a Master 
of Fine Arts degree, concentrating on dramatic 

These eight young people have been outstanding 
students at Ashland College. The Brethren Church 
can be proud to have them among its 1977 college 

Calendar of Events 

June 9-11 — Indiana District Conference, Camp 


June 24-25 — Ohio District Inspirational Retreat, 

Ashland, Ohio. 

July 15-16 — Central District Conference, Lanark, 

Illinois. ' . . 

July 21-23 — Pennsylvania District Conference, 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. 

August 15-19 — General Conference, Ashland, Ohio. 

June 1977 




Northwest Chapel congregation meets 

on new church site 

Tucson, Arizona — On Easter Sunday morning 80 
Brethren gathered for a sunrise service on the 
newly purchased property of Northwest Brethren 
Chapel. The new land is in the northwest section 
of Tucson, at the corner of two major streets and 
near the base of the beautiful Cantalina Mountains. 
The sunrise service was held just a few days after 
transactions for the purchase of the land were 

Red Ellis, a charter member of the church, 
writes about the service: "It was such a beautiful 
service, with scripture and prayer and a series 
of short sermons. As we were singing "Christ 
Arose," the sun just seemed to jump from behind 
the mountain. We then had coffee, hot chocolate, 
juice, and doughnuts and ended our service with 

Mr. Ellis also reports that two beautiful four- 
by-eight foot signs have been placed on the land, 
"telling the world that the Northwest Brethren 
Chapel will be built on this spot." 

You can sense the excitement and enthusiasm 
of these people as they work for the growth oi 
their church. They are actively reaching out to 
others, and new people are being won to the Lord 
and incoi'porated into the church. This daughter 
of the First Brethren Church of Tucson is 
continuing to grow. 

The response of the Growth Partners Club 
members totaled $10,316 and helped make up part 
of the downpayment on the new property. 

Juan Miranda assists 
Venezuelan crusade 

Venezuela, S.A. (O.C. News) — Latin American 
Evangelist Francisco Fiorenza of the Overseas 
Crusades' Colombia Team led a Family Crusade 
in Puerto de la Cruz, Barcelona, and Maturin, 
three large and important cities of Eastern 
Venezuela, from May 1-29. 

Francisco Fiorenza, an experienced evangelist 
and participant in many of the Luis Palau Evan- 
gelistic Team Crusades, challenged families to 
look at Christ as the real answer to life's needs. 

Crusade activities started in March with a 
Church Growth Workshop conducted by Juan 
Carlos Miranda. Miranda is Director of the Span- 
ish Church Growth Department at the Fuller 
Evangelistic Association, and is sponsored by the 
Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio. Daryl Piatt, 
also from Overseas Crusades' Colombia Team, was 
another resource person for the Venezuelan 

Sarasota missions conference 
features Ken Solomons 

Sarasota, Fla. — Rev. Kenneth Solomon, Brethren 
Missionary to Colombia, was the featured speaker 
for a pre-Easter missionary conference held at the 
Sarasota, Fla., First Brethren Church April 3-8, 

The theme song for the services was "The King's 
Business," and Rev. Solomon presented messages 
about "King Jesus" during each service. 

Special guest nights were included during the 
conference. On "Spanish Night" members of the 
Bay Haven Baptist Spanish Mission in Sarasota 
attended the service, along with their pastor. Rev. 
Obel Guzman. For this service Pastor Hamel 
preached in English and Rev. Solomon interpreted 
the message into Spanish. 

Thursday night was Bradenton Brethren Church 
night. On this night Rev. Russell Gordon, pastor 
of the Bradenton Church, participated in the 

A missionary prayer coffee hour was also held 
as a part of the conference. Speakers for this 
hour were Mrs. Harry Lui of Pocket Testament 
League and Mrs. Jeanette Solomon. 

A faith promise was taken during the week, and 
a final announcement was made at the close of 
the Easter morning service. At that time promises 
of $12,500 were received, with more to come later. 

During the meeting several people rededicated 
their lives to Christ, and two people came forward 
to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord. 

A part of the Easter offering of the Sarasota 
Brethren Church was used for the transportation 
of Rev. and Mrs. Solomon and their children to 
Sarasota from Colombia. The remainder will go 
toward the two new Brethren churches to be built 
in Florida. 

Forman "born again" 

Garden Grove, Calif. (EP News) — George Forman, 
the world's former heavyweight boxing champion, 
has shared his "born again" Christian experience 
with Dr. Robert H. Schuller's "Hour of Power" 
television program. Mr. Forman joined Dr. 
Schuller again at the Miami Marine Stadium for 
the Easter Sunrise Service and repeated his testi- 
mony. The minister asked Mr. Forman to work 
with him at a new Development Center in southern 
California to serve youths of all ages and ethnic 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Ohio District Mission Board 
plans new churches 

Ashland, Ohio — The Ohio District Mission Board 
has begun preliminary study for the planting of 
two new Brethren churches by 1981. 

Rev. Larry Bolinger, chairman of the board, 
recently spent three days with various city and 
county planning departments in Medina County. 

Actual population figures for 1970 and 1975 
and projections for 1980 suggest the northeastern 
Ohio county will continue to show steady growth. 
The information also points to Medina County as 
an area to be considered seriously for a new 
Brethren Church. 

Preliminary studies into other counties will 
begin soon. 

The board has also contracted with the national 
Board of Christian Education for the services of 
a Summer Crusader team this summer. Tentative 
plans call for the team to do survey work in 
Medina County during the week of July 17. The 
following week they will work in Delaware 

Volunteer help from Ohio churches will be re- 
quired to complete sufficient samples in each area. 
Details will be released at a later date. 

International dinner held 
by Pleasant View church 

Vandergrift, Pa. — The Pleasant View Brethren 
Church tried a new twist with their annual mis- 
sionary conference. An international dinner was 
held to begin the conference. 

What is an international dinner? The church 
families who attended brought a dish whose recipe 
was to have originated from another country. 
There were various meats, salads^ desserts, and 
casseroles representing many countries of the 

The attendance for the dinner and opening ser- 
vice of the missionary conference was the largest 
many could remember for an evening of this type. 
Praise the Lord for this response from the 
Brethren. The Brethren were also joined by some 
people from other local churches who came and 
shared in the evening. 

Following the dinner, brother Dick Winfield told 
of the ministry of the church in Nigeria. His slide 
presentation was very interesting and challenging. 

Pastor William Walk comments about the eve- 
ning: "None of us had ever been to an interna- 
tional dinner before, but (we) are looking forward 
to doing it again. We suggest this to you for a 
good challenge for missions." 

Study examines reasons 
for becoming Christians 

Costra Rica (Missionary Mandate) — What is really 
effective in winning a person to Christ on the 
mission field? 

The Institute for In-Depth Evangelism here 
decided to find out by interviewing 217 people who 
had become Christians. Results showed that 41 
percent of them had paid attention to tracts before 
they were converted, 32 percent had read a 
Christian magazine (this figure includes Scripture 
portion publications), and 26 percent had listened 
to Christian radio programs. 

When it came to the influence most responsible 
for conversion, 28 percent said it was Bible read- 
ing; 25 percent, the church itself; 25 percent, home 
visits; 18 percent, Sunday school; 15 percent, 
evangelistic services; 13 percent, radio broadcasts. 

Asked about the circumstances surrounding 
their conversion, 26 percent mentioned difficulties 
and trials and 26 percent said "frustration in life." 
Fellowship with Christians and the conversion of 
others were mentioned by 42 percent. 

Paul Pretiz of the Institute explained: "A sur- 
vey of this type does not tell the whole story. We 
cannot assume that the patterns that have led 
these people to Christ are necessarily the best 
patterns for reaching others. . . . We are examin- 
ing the kind of influences that have brought in the 
kind of people who are now in our churches, and 
it may well be that there are other kinds of people 
who will only respond to other kinds of radio 
programs, literature, Sunday schools, and so 

Teachers needed in Nigeria; 
contact Mission Bd. 

Nigeria, West Africa — The acute need for Chris- 
tian teachers in Nigeria continues, according to 
"The Church Around the World." Two years ago 
the Nigerian government decided to give all 
Nigerian children a primary-school education, thus 
creating a tremendous need for teachers. 

Six hundred American Christian teachers have 
applied to go, but the Nigerian government is 
calling for 40,000! Bible teachers are especially 

If you are interested in serving in Nigeria, con- 
tact the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 

June 1977 




Lynn Duncil to Bruce Sauer, April 16, at Gratis, 
Ohio, First Brethren Church; Gene Hollinger, 
pastor, officiating. Members of Gratis First 
Brethren Church. 

Janet Sue Haniel to Timothy Lee Solomon, April 
10, at Sarasota, Fla., First Brethren Church; Dr. 
J. D. Hamel, pastor, and Kenneth L. Solomon 
officiating. Members of Sarasota First Brethren 

Sarita Jean Hensley to Koland Lee Munger, April 
2, at Peru, Ind., First Brethren Church; Richard 
A. Austin, pastor, officiating. Members of Peru 
First Brethren Church. 

April Marie Kennedy to Roger Lee Stephens, 

February 19, at Peru, Ind., First Brethren Church; 
Richard A. Austin, pastor, officiating. Members 
of Peru First Brethren Church. 

Elizabeth Suzanne Marks to Daniel Howard Myers, 
January 14, at Peru, Ind., First Brethren Church; 
Richard A. Austin, pastor, officiating. Members 
of Peru First Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Main Street (Meyersdale) : 1 by baptism 
Gratis: 1 by baptism, 4 by letter 

Linwood: 3 by baptism 
Roann: 4 by baptism, 1 by letter 

New Lebanon: 13 by baptism, 3 by letter 


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In Memory 

Mrs. Jessie L. Varner, 63, April 21. Member of 
Vinco, Pa., Brethren Church. Services by Carl 
Phillips, pastor. 

Russell Weaver, 75, April 20. Member of Elkhart, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by Dale P. 
Ru Lon, pastor. 

Mrs. Harriet Welsch, 88, April 16. Member and 
deaconess of Washington, D.C., Brethren Church. 
Services by Robert L. Keplinger, pastor, and Dr. 
Dale Crowley, radio evangelist. 

Mrs. Alice McDowell, 68, April 9. Member of Vinco, 
Pa., Brethren Church. Services by Carl Phillips, 

Mabel Fraker, 87, April 8. Member since 1920 of 
Bryan, Ohio, First Brethren Church. Services by 
Marlin L. McCann, pastor. 

Mrs. Orpha L. Cory, 76, April 4. Member of Flora, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by Alvin 
Grumbling, pastor, and Albert O. Curtright. 
Peter F. Housel, Sr., 69, March 15. Member and 
deacon of Meyersdale, Pa., Main Street Brethren 
Church. Services by Joseph Hanna, pastor. 

Katie Werner, 85, February 19. Member of Meyers- 
dale, Pa., Main Street Brethren Church. Services 
by Joseph Hanna, pastor. 


Mr. & Mrs. Chester Wingard, 65th, May 4. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Burley Bracken, 67th, May 2. Members 
of the Brethren Church, Vinco, Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. Simon McKenzie, 65th, April 12. Mem- 
bers of Main Street Brethren Church, Meyersdale, 

Mr. & Mrs. Tunis Decker, 50th, April 2. Members 
of First Brethren Church, New Lebanon, Ohio. 
Mr. & Mrs. Carl Kingery, 60th, March 16. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Kiracofe, 55th, March 15. Mem- 
bers of First Brethren Church, Gratis, Ohio. 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lantz, 64th, March 9. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bla«ksten, 50th, February 2. 
Members of the Brethren Church, Linwood, Md. 
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Douglass, 52nd, January 25. 
Mrs. Douglass member of First Brethren Church, 
Flora, Ind. Mr. Douglass member of Church of 
the Brethren. 

Up and Coming . . . 

... in fhe Brethren Evangelist 

In July: 

— Billy Melvin describes "The Scandal of 

Evangelical Giving." 
— Special Section: a preview of the 1977 

General Conference. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Benevolent Board 

Ronk attends national conference 
on spiritual well-being of elderly 

Atlanta, Ga.— Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., was 
the keynote speaker for the National Intra-Decade 
Conference on Spiritual Well-Being of the Elderly. 
Margaret (Maggie) Kuhn, a leader of the Gray 
Panther organization, was also a featured speaker 
at the conference, sponsored by the National Inter- 
faith Coalition on Aging in cooperation with the 
National Retired Teachers Association/American 
Association of Retired Persons and the University 
of Georgia. The conference was held April 12-14, 
1977, in Atlanta. 

Mr. Dorman Konk, Executive Director of the 
Benevolent Board of the Brethren Church, attended 
the conference and served as moderator for one 
of the conference work-sessions. The Benevolent 
Board of the Brethren Church is a member organ- 
ization of the National Interfaith Coalition on 

The conference subject, "spiritual well-being," 
was defined as "the affirmation of life in a rela- 
tionship with God, self, community, and environ- 
ment that nurtures and celebrates wholeness." 
Speakers, panels, and participant presentations 
developed applications of and variations on this 
touchstone definition as it relates to older adults 
and aging. 

Scholarly papers, sermons, essays, presentations 
of original research, reports on innovative pro- 

Are There Missionaries Hiding? 

(continued from page 6) 

his family have a productive ministry reaching 
people who have never heard the gospel. 

How many similar stories can be told of those 
who are gifted, qualified, and willing but who 
will never actually go because the local church 
failed? It failed either through deliberate selfish- 
ness, total unconcern, or lack of proper instruction. 

What would happen in Asia, South America, 
Europe, and Africa if our American churches 
would lay their hands on some of those successful 
pastors and church planters, on some experienced 
mission board members, on some highly qualified 
church deacons or elders, on some of the assistant 
pastors or Christian education leaders and send 
them away? Is this reasoning too far out? 
Apparently Paul did not think so. Until the church 
returns to the methods of Acts 13, I believe the 
scarcity of laborers will continue to plague the 
missionary outreach of the Church of Jesus 
Christ for years to come! 

Reprinted from the February 1976 issue of IIVIPACT, published by the 
Conservative Baptist Foreign iVlission Society. Used by permission. 

grams, and discoveries in services to the elderly 
were featured at the conference. These presenta- 
tions dealt with living alone, dependency, illness 
and health, grief, death and dying, mental and 
emotional problems, economic stress, cross- 
generational relationships, the problems of minor- 
ity aging persons, and other issues as they relate 
to spiritual well-being. In all, approximately 80 
scholarly papers were presented at the convention. 
Plans call for the selection of 30 of these for 
publication in a book. 

In commenting on the conference, Dorman Ronk 
noted that the National Interfaith Coalition on 
Aging is seeking to find out what is being done 
for the aging and to discover how it can be done 
better. He indicated that this conference was a 
work session to come up with programing for 
the aged. He praised the quality of presentations 
made at the gathering and the spirit of coopera- 
tion of the participants. 

Gratis opens meeting place 
for community youth 

Gratis, Ohio — Each Thursday night from seven to 
ten o'clock is youth night at the Gratis First 
Brethren Church. The church has opened its base- 
ment as a meeting place for community youth in 
the sixth to the twelfth grades. 

The youth in the Gratis community had no place 
to congregate except on the streets or in undesir- 
able places. The church saw this need and is trying 
to meet it by providing a place with proper super- 
vision. Games and refreshments are made available 
to the young people. 

Mrs. Harry Wikle noted that "It is our desire 
that the young people will become acquainted with 
the church and its people and will then want to 
attend our Sunday school or church." 

Wood not from Ark, 
scientists report 

Los Angeles (EP News) — The wood found on 
Turkey's Mount Ararat some 22 years ago and 
reputed to be from Noah's Ark was found by 
scientists at the University of California in Los 
Angeles to be just a "few thousand" years too 

Dr. Ranier Berger, a UCLA archaeologist, said 
new studies confirm earlier studies made in 
England and in California in 1970 that the wood 
is about 1,200 years old and comes from a tree 
cut down about A.D. 700. Dr. Berger said that the 
tests were so thorough that any speculation about 
the age of the wood should be ended. 

June 1977 


christian education 


7977 Church Staff Interns 

an introduction by Fred Burkey 

The Board of Christian Education is pleased to 
announce the 1977 Church Staff Interns. For the 
last several years we have been placing young 
people in settings where they could receive on-the- 
job training in church-related ministries. This 
summer the nine people pictured will be serving 
eight to ten weeks in a total of seven Brethren 

Elaine Hensley has completed her sophomore 
year at Eastern Mennonite College where she is 
an English education major. She is a member 
of the Mt. Olive, Va., Church. She will be working 
in Bryan, Ohio, assisting with the learning center, 
BYC program, VBS, youth music ministry, and 
Sunday school. 

Gene and Sue McConahay are considering a 
"tentmaking" ministry as part of the Missionary 
Board's "Operation Impact." Gene is graduating 
from Akron University with a major in mathe- 

Flora graduates honored 
at annual breakfast 

Flora, Ind. — High school graduates Teresa Kingery 
and Joel Voorhees of the Flora First Brethren 
Church were the special guests at a breakfast held 
in their honor on Sunday morning, April 24th. 
The breakfast was given by the deacons and 
deaconesses of the church and was held in the 
church parlors. 

The guests of honor at the breakfast were 
accompanied by their parents and by another 
invited guest. Other special guests were Rev. and 
Mrs. Alvin Grumbling and their son Gary. 

The graduates were welcomed to the breakfast 
by Freda Eller, who read a poem she had com- 
posed. Teresa Kingery gave the response to this 
welcome. Devotions were presented by Mrs. 
Grumbling, and Pastor Grumbling gave a short 
talk. Bibles were presented to the graduates by 
Devon Humbarger on behalf of the Sunday School. 

Doris Duff, corresponding secretary for the 
church, reports that this breakfast is held annually 
for high school graduates who are members of 
the Flora First Brethren Church. 

matics and minors in chemistry and biology. Sue 
has earned a two-year Associates Degree in library 
science and is certified as an elementary school 
teacher's aide. The McConahays will be working 
at Derby, Kans., where they may benefit from the 
experience of David and Deanne Benshoff. Their 
work will include nearly every aspect of the 
church's ministry. 

Joan Holsinger and Roberta Miller will be work- 
ing together at Herndon, Va., under the direction 
of Rev. Robert Keplinger. Joan is a graduate stu- 
dent in school psychology at Akron University and 
is a member of the Park Street Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio. Roberta will be a sophomore at 
Goshen College where she is studying English and 
psychology. These young ladies will assist the 
congregation in the areas of Sunday school, VBS, 
and youth ministries. 

Debra Sue Michael, from Lanark, 111., is grad- 
uating this spring from Anderson College with a 
major in Christian education. She will be working 
in the new church at Bradenton, Fla., where her 
duties will include teacher training, VBS, summer 
BYC activities, and some music ministries. 

Jon Barber is studying religion and psychology 
at Ashland College and is considering several 
possible areas of Christian service. He will be 
involved in BYC activities, Bible teaching, and 
visitation work at Pleasant View Brethren Church, 
Vandergrift, Pa. Jon is a member at Herndon, Va. 

Donna Shank, a member of the Gretna Brethren 
Church, is a nursing major at Eastern Mennonite 
College. She will do her Internship at First Breth- 
ren Church, Goshen, Ind. Donna will work with 
the learning center, a youth visitation program, 
VBS, and a variety of other things. 

Catherine Comfort is a senior choral music 
major at Indiana University and a member of the 
Mishawaka, Ind., Brethren Church. This summer 
Cathy will be serving on the church staff at 
Manteca, Calif. She will be working primarily 
with the music and youth ministries. 

You are encouraged to volunteer as a "Prayer 
Warrior" for our Summer Crusaders and Interns 
(forms have been sent to every church). In this 
way, you may have an active part in this vital 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Elaine Hensley 
Mt. Olive, Va. 

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Gene McConahay 
Smithville, Ohio 

Sue McConahay 
Smithville, Ohio 


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Park Street, Ohio 

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Goshen, Ind. 


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Chandon, Va. 

Donna Shank 
Gretna, Ohio 

Catherine Comfort 
Mishawaka, Ind. 

June 1977 


world relief 

New Windsor ~ 

Hub of Relief Operations 

Edna Logan describes the ministry of the 
Brethren Service Center and how you, too, 
can have a part. 

Question: Have you ever been hungry? 
Really hungry? Not the kind of hunger 
that you experience as meal time approach- 
es or when you have worked or played 
hard and you forgot to eat your lunch. Have 
you ever been hungry — like you can hardly 
remember your last meal of some dry bread 
or watery rice, and you don't know where 
your next food is coming from? You only 
know it won't come from a friendly neigh- 
bor, because he is hungry too. 

Question: When you got up this morn- 
ing, how long did it take you to decide what 
to wear? You had to consider the weather 

and where you were going and what you 
would do. Of course, you couldn't wear the 
same thing you wore yesterday — to say 
nothing of the clothes in the wash! But 
many people in the world awake in the 
morning wearing the only clothing they 
own. It may be inadequate, and it probably 
isn't too clean. 

Question: Are you a new mother? Re- 
member the joy of assembling a layette — 
diapers, sweaters, booties, and all the lovely 
things a baby needs? Think of the many 
new mothers who have nothing for their 
new babies. Think of the parents whose 

The Author 

Edna, member of the Brethren World Relief 
Board and member of the Bethlehem Brethren 
Church in Harrisonburg, Va., served as a vol- 
unteer at the Brethren Service Center twice 
(for a total of 2 years). 

From March 1972 to March 1973 she was 
Supervisor of Clothing Processing, working with 
both paid employees and volunteer groups. 

From January to December 1974 she was 
Hostess of Windsor Hall (used for conferences). 
She made beds, answered the phone, helped serve 
cafeteria food, led visitors on tours of the Center. 

One of her children is Mark Logan, Brethren 
missionary to Colombia. 

She adds, "I guess one of the most rewarding 
things was getting to see so many people from 
all over and the fellow workers I learned to know 
and love." 



Edna Logan 


The Brethren Evangelist 

children are too weak to run and play and 
who can do nothing about it. 

Because of war, floods, earthquakes, and 
drought, millions of people are left home- 
less and hungry — making the conditions 
described above a reality to them. All their 
earthly belongings are swept away or 
left behind. 

As we read the headlines and view TV 
newscasts, we often feel so helpless. Sure, 
we want to help. But hov/ can we get what 
we have from "here" to "there"? And be- 
cause we don't know, we often do nothing. 
In time we forget ... or at least put it in 
the back of our minds. 

But there is much we can do. Many in 
our Brethren Church are giving faithfully 
to World Relief offerings. And this is an 
important link in supporting those working 
at the grassroots to alleviate suffering. It 
is something we can all do and never leave 

But I want to tell you about another 
kind of world relief involvement — one which 
is much more exciting and rewarding. You 
can volunteer to work for a time at the 
Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, 
Maryland. Relief work is their business. 

The Center itself 

In the hills of Maryland (40 miles from 
Baltimore; 50 from Washington) is a town 
that is known far and near. The Brethren 
Service Center has made New Windsor one 
of the best known small towns in the 
world — like Bethlehem. 

The Center is located on 26 acres which 
were originally a college campus. The 
Church of the Brethren bought it in 1944 
and began collecting and sending used 
clothing to the war-torn countries of 
Europe. Since that time the Center has 
grown and become ecumenical, serving most 
of the Protestant denominations (including 
the World Relief Commission of NAE). 

New buildings have been added to the 
original four. Old buildings h^ve been re- 
modeled or expanded. But it's the programs 
that go on in these buildings that are 

Four major areas 

(1) Processing of Clothing: The gym- 
nasium of the college has become a modern 
assembly-line-type operation where new and 
used clothing are sorted, packed, and baled. 
Blankets, soap, and kits for health, school, 
and sewing are received and packed. Under 
the same roof layettes and children's cloth- 
ing are cut (factory style) for people to 
sew for shipment around the world. 



This volunteer is cutting material for children's 
garments at the Brethren Service Center. Later it 
will be sewn for shipment around the world. 

Where does the clothing come from ? Who 
does the sewing? You and I! Center trucks, 
commercial trucks, railroad cars, parcel 
post, and UPS bring what you have donated 
to the Center. Or if you are traveling that 
way, you can deliver it personally and see 
what really goes on there. 

After processing, materials are taken by 
truck to the Baltimore docks for shipment 
overseas, or delivered directly to disaster 
areas in the U.S. Approximately 800,000 
pounds of clothing were being sent to 
250,000 persons in dire circumstances in 
Lebanon near the end of 1976. This amount 
filled 22 trailers. 

(2) Interchurch Medical Assistance 
(I.M.A.) : This program started in 1961 
when drug companies found they could 
receive tax benefits by giving away med- 
icines. Rather than deal with individual 
church groups, the companies give their 
medicines to this orr^anization. It serves 
any Protestant denomination which wants 
to join. 

About 45 drug companies have giver 
medical supplies that have gone to over 600 
mission hospitals. Millions of dollars' worth 
of medical supplies have gone through this 
program (over 69 million in 1974). 

Besides medicines, I.M.A. has sent out 
complete hospital equipment (everything 
from beds and surgical equipment to face 
masks and thermometers). Retiring doc- 
tors and dentists donate their equipment to 
be used in mission areas. 

(3) The SERRV Program (Sales Ex- 
change for Refugee Rehabilitation Voca- 

JUNE 1977 


tions) : When you visit the Brethren 
Service Center, you can shop in the beau- 
tiful International Gift Shop. Handicrafts 
from all over the world are sold there. Items 
come from 50 different countries and are 
as varied as the places from which they 
come. One thing is the same. Everything 
comes from people or groups that have no 
other way of marketing their products. 

Missionaries, social workers, peace corps- 
men, etc. find these people who have special 
talent or who can be trained to make useful 
articles. When you buy something at the 
International Gift Shop, you are providing 
much needed income for someone and 
helping him to have a better life. He is 

working for a living in his homeland instead 
of getting a handout. 

You do not need to go to New Windsor 
to help. Many of their items are sold 
throughout the country in shops that 
individuals have opened for that purpose. 
You may also order by mail. Remember, it 
is all non-profit. You profit by helping. 

(4) Conference Center: Because of the 
dormitory-type buildings, B.S.C. provides a 
service to the local area in many ways. 
Groups from the vicinity go there for 
retreats, meetings, and conferences. There 
are conference rooms, a gym for recreation, 
good beds, and delicious cafeteria meals. 
In the kitchen meals are prepared for 

Another View of World Relief 

For over 10 years we have told the story of Brethren World Relief (through the 
World Relief Commission) in a variety of ways: 

— human interest stories — suppers 

— pictures — brochures 

— posters — sandwich boards 

— movies — news releases 

— first person accounts — factual accounts 

— slogans — word of mouth 

— special mailings — and more 

But I don't recall having a complete tally like the one below available before. 
Notice that it names the 27 countries aided by WRC in 1976 — and the amounts sent 
to each. 

I hope this information will help us understand the vastness and variety of WRC's 
ministry in the name of Christ. Along with the self-help rehabilitation programs, 
WBC is "there" with aid very soon after disasters hit. 

We help make this kind of meaningful outreach possible, Brethren. Thanks for 
your reliable support. 

Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Board 

Total Cash 

Total Cash 


& Commodities 

Countries & 



$ 1,200 


$ 86,152 



































Vietnam Resettlement 


Irian Jaya 


West Pakistan 



, 5,000 

Yemen Arab Republic 











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Meals on Wheels and senior citizens groups. 

The Center is involved with disaster relief 
in the United States. Personnel there are 
prepared to supervise relief programs 
whenever the need arises. Refugees are 
often housed at the Center en route to their 
permanent resettlement homes. Dr. M. R. 
Zigler, instrumental for years in relief and 
peace programs, has his headquarters there. 

So you see, many and varied interesting 
activities go on in this small town in 


can we 


Most of these programs could not go on 
without the help of people who are willing 
to give of their selves and material wealth. 
Specifically, you can: 

(1) Send your good, used clothing. 
Look in your closet. What is there that you 
haven't worn recently? Maybe its too big, 
too little, or just a little out of style. Some- 
one with nothing can use it. Be sure it's 
clean and in good repair. 

(2) Sew. Blankets or homemade quilts 
or comforts are in great demand. Get out 
those scrap bags and go to work. Make 
children's clothing and layettes. They don't 
need to be fancy. You can buy redi-cut kits 
from New Windsor if you like. 

(3) Assemble health, school, or sewing 
kits. Soap is also needed. 

(4) Give money. For example, three 
dollars will still buy a blanket when sent 
to the World Relief Commission. It is also 

necessary for you to send 15<f per pound 
for the clothing sent — to help with the 
shipping. Designate these monies for "cloth- 
ing shipment" and send to World Relief 
Commission, Box 44, Valley Forge, Pa. 

(5) Go to New Windsor and work. If 
you live in the Maryland, Virginia, Penn- 
sylvania, or Washington, D.C., areas, you 
can go to New Windsor and spend the day 
sorting and packing clothes. 

If you live farther away you can spend 
the night. Groups go to New Windsor from 
Detroit, New Jersey, Ohio, etc. They make 
a week of it. They may also spend a day 
or so sightseeing in Washington. They pay 
reduced rates for food and lodging at the 
Center because of their work. It could be 
a working vacation. 

Or you might, as I did, volunteer for a 
year or two. Many retired people (men and 
women) go to BSC to work for a month, 
6 months, or any length of time. One lady 
just finished 10 years of volunteer work 
in the kitchen. Another works as a secre- 
tary. Young people come during vacations 
or between jobs. At the Brethren Service 
Center there is something for everybody. 

Jesus said that to do it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren is to do it unto 
him. These are things we can do! 

For further information about working or 
materials, write: 

Brethren Service Center 
New Windsor, Md. 21776 

\ ..' 

Processing the good, used clothing donated to the Center is a major operation. After these volunteers 
sort the clothing, it is packed and baled for shipment overseas. 

June 1977 



On being alone, the occulte fannilies 


Alone, A Widow's Search for Joy by Katie F. 
Wiebe (Tyndale, 1976, 303 pp., $4.95 paperback). 

Katie F. Wiebe is a graduate of Mennonite 
Brethren Bible College and of Tabor College in 
Hillsboro, Kansas. For several years she was an 
editorial assistant at the Mennonite Brethren 
Publishing House. Since 1967 she has served as 
assistant professor of English and journalism at 
Tabor College. 

Widowed with four children in 1962 when her 
husband died of a rare disease, Katie Wiebe began 
a new profession with an assurance that God 
wanted her to make a contribution to life. The 
story of her struggle to attain that assurance 
provides encouragement for any single today. 

The writer's ability to speak from experience 
and her skill at writing add up to an unbeatable 
combination. I found the book so helpful and so 
full of insight that I have already started sharing 
it with friends. 

There are ten million widows in the United 
States. Because women tend to live longer than 
men, every wife must face the possibility of 
becoming a widow. This book could provide some 
practical help. 

— John Rowsey 

John Rowsey is executive director of the Brethren 
Publishing Co. 

The Occult 

East Meets West in the Occult Explosion by Clif- 
ford Wilson (Master Books, 1976, 176 pp., $1.95). 

This book is an elementary book on the subject 
of the occult. It concerns itself with the works of 
Satan on this earth through various techniques 
termed the "occult." There is very little new 
material or information in the book. It is useful, 
however, for those Christians unaware of how 
Satan is working in the world today. 

The book is divided into five parts. The first 
part is about Satan and his work through black 
magic, witchcraft, etc. This is what many people 
think of as Satan's work. Part two is probably the 
most valuable. It deals with the gurus, transcen- 

dental meditation, Hinduism, etc. The author 
exposes many false and subtle teachings. He 
points out the dangers of dabbling in these prac- 
tices. He provides helpful information for those 
Christians exposed to these influences. 

Part three deals with astrology, a practice which 
is neither scientific nor of God. There are no new 
concepts brought out, but what the author presents 
is valid. Part four is about psychic phenomena 
and para-psychology. He discusses ESP, demonic 
imitation, fortune telling, fraudulent mediums, and 
hypnotism. There may be room for some disagree- 
ment in this chapter. The final section is con- 
cerned, primarily, with the subject of demonology. 
It is biblical and sound. 

This book attempts to enlighten Christians con- 
cerning the progress of Satan. Christians certainly 
need to be aware of our foe and his activities. 
Satan is a fallen angel full of deception. Fortu- 
nately, his deception does not seem to prosper 
where there is enlightenment. 

— Steve Barber 

Steve Barber is a student at Ashland Theological 

The Family 

Security Blankets Family Size by Irene Harrell 
(Word Books, 1973, 139 pp., $3.95). 

As you read this book you may smile, swallow 
hard, wipe away a tear, become more tolerant of 
others and yourself, and know that all of it will 
work together for good to draw you closer to God, 
your real security. 

The author has six children, one of which was 
adopted and of a different race. Another child 
was handicapped by deafness. 

At the beginning of each short chapter is a 
passage of Scripture relating to it. 

Irene Harrell has written in an honest way of 
her own family experiences. Her husband is a 
judge and has written Splinters from My Gavel: 
Confessions of a Judge. Beside Mrs. Harrell's 
eight other books, she and her husband have 
written one together: The Opposite Sex. 

— Julie Flora 

Julie Flora is a housewife from Ashland, Ohio. 


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church growth forum 

by Arden Gilmer 

Baptism --Big Deal? 

When did you last have a baptism in your 

How was it handled? 

What kind of impression did it make on the new 
members — the people being baptized? First im- 
pressions are often lasting impressions — remem- 
bered for a long, long time, either for good or for 
bad. How we handle a person's baptism may speak 
non-verbally, yet loudly, about how the congrega- 
tion feels about him as a person and about how 
they are accepting him as a new member. 

If baptism is a dull routine carried through with 
little or no instruction to either the candidate for 
baptism or the congregation, the person may likely 
conclude that it really wasn't very important and 
that he, as a person, is not viewed as being very 
important either. If the members of the congre- 
gation fail to attend a person's baptism, the person 
may get the impression that the existing members 
of the church really don't care very much about 
him. He may conclude that all this talk about 
Christians supporting each other and rejoicing 
with each other is nothing more than empty 

But if the person's baptism is viewed as 
important by the congregation, the person's im- 
pression will be that he is important. Proper 
instruction prior to baptism increases the impor- 
tance of baptism. A good attendance by church 
members at baptism increases the importance of 
baptism. When a baptism is conducted with pos- 
itive expressions of joy and celebration, its 
importance is enhanced. All of these things say 
to the person: Baptism is important! I am 
important! God has accepted me! These people 
have accepted me! They really are glad that I 
now know Christ and am a part of their number. 
I really want to get involved in serving the Lord 
with these joyful people! 

Pastor Jim Gilmer of the Teegarden, Indiana, 
Brethren Church shares how they make baptism 
a "big deal": 

"Baptism is no private affair! It is a birthday 
celebration for the entire family of God's People. 
By virtue of their new birth, persons are entering 
the family, and the family quite naturally rejoices 
that they are growing. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a 

You can share with other readers of this 
column what's happening in your church by 
writing to Arden E. Gilmer, 530 College 
Avenue, Ashland, OH 44-805. 

series of three parables each dealing with some- 
thing lost and then found. One lost and found item 
was a coin, one was a sheep, and one was a son. 
In each case, when the lost was found, the 
community gathered around to join in the resulting 
celebration. There was a party thrown! The stories 
were all told to Pharisees and scribes as a 
reprimand to them. They were not like the cele- 
brating community. Rather, they were like the 
older brother of the lost son who resented the 
fact that so much was being done to celebrate the 
return of his renegade brother. He wondered, 'So 
what's the big deal?' 

Big deal at Teegarden 

"Baptism is a big deal at Teegarden. At baptism 
time we are a celebrating community, gathering 
around the lost who have been found. We will 
typically have three-fourths of a worship 
attendance present at a baptism service. One time 
we had 130 attend a baptism. The morning of that 
day I preached on the biblical meaning of baptism. 
Then at 3:00 that afternoon we met for recreation 
which was designed for people of all ages. There 
was Softball and volleyball, horseshoes, checkers, 
foursquare, and a lot of chit-chat. At 5:00 we ate 
a picnic meal featuring a hog that had been roast- 
ing over a charcoal fire for 13 hours. Then we 
baptized 13 people and dedicated 11 children. The 
evening was capped by a vespers worship service. 
I am confident that those who were baptized that 
day will always remember their baptism. I am 
equally sure that the event left an indelible mark 
on the personality of the entire congregation. 

"Each baptism we conduct includes at least a 
carry-in meal which functions as a kind of recep- 
tion honoring the newly-baptized members. We 
believe baptism is more than just an event for 
those who are baptized. It is an event for all of us." 

How we say "welcome aboard" to a person 
involves much more than words. How we handle 
baptism is an important part of really incorpora- 
ting the new member into the church so that he 
really feels like he belongs. The disciple-making 
process is not completed until those who have 
accepted Christ also become responsible members 
of the church. They probably will not become 
responsible members unless we take the initiative 
to incorporate them into the fellowship circles of 
the church. Baptism and how we handle it are 
very important parts of this total process. 

June 1977 


auxiliary programs for July 

30 Signal Lights Program 

31 SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 

32 Sisterhood Program 

signal lights 

written by - 
Alberta Holsinger 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

Mother and Father Say "No!" 

"Goodby, Mr. and Mrs. Loi. Goodby, Too May," 
said the children as they left the neighborhood 

"Goodby. See you next Thursday," said Mr. Loi. 

"Goodby," said Too May. "I'm glad you came." 

Mrs. Loi began picking up the cloths the children 
had been sitting on, while Mr. Loi talked with 
Too May. 

"I'm glad you accepted Jesus," he said. 

"I'm glad, too," said Too May. "I know He is the 
Son of the true God and will be with me all the 

"Before I go, I'll talk with your parents and 
explain why you will not be praying to the idols 
any more," said Mr. Loi. 

"No," replied Too May. "Let me tell them. You 
may talk with them later." 

"Fine," said Mr. Loi. "I have a Bible I want to 
bring you. Do you think it will be all right if I 
come Saturday and talk with your parents then?" 

"Yes," said Too May. "I know we will be here." 

Mrs. Loi folded the last cloth. "There," she said, 
as she looked around the room. "I see no harm 
done from the children being in this room." 

"Tell your mother we are very thankful she 
let us use your home on this rainy day," said Mr. 
Loi as they left. 

"Mother," called Too May as she went to the 
kitchen, "I have great news." 

Then she saw both her parents sitting inside 
the kitchen door. 

"Father, you're home early," she said. 

"Yes," he answered. "I wanted to hear what Mr. 
Loi is teaching you. Mother has been telling me 
how he is making you turn against our family 

"He isn't making me," said Too May. "He is 
telling us about the true God and His Son Jesus." 

"Did I not hear you with my own ears say you 
wanted to accept this Jesus?" asked Father. 

"Yes, Father," answered Too May. "You heard 
me, and you know Mr. Loi did not make me accept 
Jesus. I decided." 

"You do not understand how such things 
happen," said Father. "We will not allow our only 
child to be a Christian." 

"Mr. Loi will come Saturday," said Too May. 
"He will explain what it means to be a Christian." 

"No," Mother said. "I do not want that man in 
my house again. He cannot visit us. He cannot 
have his neighborhood meetings in our yard." 

"The children are all planning to come again 
next Thurday," said Too May. 

"Well, you just tell them not to come," said 
Mother. "I'll not have a foreign religion taught 
at my house. Besides, I saw two of the children 
sitting on my good chairs. They probably got 
them dirty." 

Too May shook her head. "No, Mother. We were 
very careful. I did tell Mr. Loi he could come to 
see us Saturday." 

"I will go to see him after work tomorrow," 
Father told her. "I will tell him he cannot have 
the neighborhood meetings here anymore, and I 
will tell him you do not want his Bible because 
you are not a Christian." 

"But, I . . . ," began Too May. 

"Please go to your room and do your home- 
work," said Mother. "I will call you when it is 
time to help me prepare the evening meal." 

Too May went to her room and opened her book, 
but she didn't begin reading. Instead she closed 
her eyes. 

"Please, Jesus," she prayed. "What can I do? I 
know You are my Savior. I know I'm part of Your 
family. But I must obey my parents. How can I 
follow Your teachings when they forbid me. Show 
me the way." 

(to be concluded next month) 


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General Secretary's Notes 

Dear Sisters: 

Now that you're out of school for another 
summer with nothing to do, I know you'll have 
time to sit down to read this letter! (Even if you 
are busy, I hope you will read on.) 

I know many of you have exciting summers 
planned — going to camp, vacationing, crusading, 
working, or just staying at home enjoying the 
summer weather and flexible schedule. I'm looking 
forward to my summer — I'll be at home with an 
exciting job. I'm going to be the summer speech 
therapist in the college speech clinic. This is what 
I'm learning to do in college, and I really enjoy 
it. I'll be working with lots of children, helping 
them to improve their speech. I know it will take 
a lot of planning and patience on my part, but 
it will be worth it. The experience will be good 

Bible Theme: Walking with Jesus 

Gefhsemane fo Golgotha 

Jesus and His disciples had finished supper. 
"Come," said Jesus. "I'm going to the garden to 

As they walked to the Garden of Gethsemane, 
Jesus told His friends, "The time has come when 
everything the prophets said about Me will happen. 
I will be arrested and put to death." 

"No, not You, Jesus," said the disciples. 

"It is true," He replied. 

When they entered the garden. He said to eight 
of the disciples, "Wait here and pray." 

To Peter, James, and John He said, "Come a 
little farther with Me." They walked on a v^^ays. 
Then Jesus said, "Now, right here, wait and pray." 

Jesus went a few steps farther and knelt down 
to pray. "Father, if You are willing, take this 
terrible thing from Me. But I want Your will, not 
Mine, to be done." 

As Jesus rose from His knees, soldiers entered 
the garden. "There He is," said Judas, and he went 
to Jesus and kissed Him. 

"Are You Jesus of Nazareth?" asked a soldier. 

"I am," replied Jesus. Then they arrested Him 
and took Him away to prison. 

The next day His enemies told^ the governor 
that Jesus was trying to take over the government 
and make Himself king. "Take Him away and 
crucify Him!" ordered the governor. 

Surrounded by soldiers Jesus walked from the 
place in Jerusalem to a hill called Golgotha outside 
the city wall. There He was nailed to a cross. While 
Jesus was on the cross, the sky turned dark — as 
dark as night. 

He died on that cross for the sins of all people. 
He never did anything wrong, but He died for all 
the wrong we do. Jesus, God's Son, died that we 
might be forgiven of our sins and live in Heaven 
with Him. 

—Based on Luke 22:37—23:46 

Memory Time: Not my will, but thine, be done. 

Luke 22:42 

for me before I do my student teaching in the 
fall. I also might take one or two college classes 
this summer. Then I'll really be busy! 

It seems that whatever my recent summers 
have been, they've all been exciting just because 
of a new schedule, new people, and new lives to 
influence. We all have some effect on each person 
we meet everyday. It's important to be careful 
how we interact with others because we may 
be helping them to make important decisions about 
their lives. They may be thinking, "Do I want to 
act like she does? Do I want to belong to a group 
she belongs to?" 

We are representatives for each group of which 
we are members. I represent my family, Ashland 
College, the Brethren Church, the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha, the USA, and many other 
organizations. But most important, I represent 
God's family. That is the one group I could not 
give up. I should be a good representative for 
God's family, if nothing else. I try to do my best. 
Of course, I fail often, but God expects that. He 
just wants me to keep trying. Someday I will see 
the effect that my life has had on someone else. 

Try to remember whom you are representing 
this summer. When you meet someone new or get 
to know someone better, let her (or him) know, 
by your speech and actions at least, that you are 
a member of God's family and that you care about 
her. Let God's love shine on her through you. 
You'll feel better for doing it. 

I hope your Sisterhood groups plan to get 
together a few times this summer. Keep up with 
Mrs. Flora's program. These last two are especially 
good. Read what she has included about our Sister- 
hood organization. She is truly dedicated to helping 
us grow and serve. I hope you have appreciated 
her writing this year. 

While you meet this summer, remember to 
try to make plans to come to conference. If you 
are unable to come, we'd like to hear from you. 
At our Friday meeting we will be sharing prob- 
lems and suggestions, and if you have any — or 
just want to send greetings to the groups at con- 
ference — write me (227 College Avenue, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805), and I'll share it with them. Also, if 
you cannot come, make sure you send your group's 
project, public service, and thank offerings to 
Debbie Munson (616 Park Street, Ashland) or to 
me before conference. And don't forget your cre- 
dentials. Refer to last month's letter for details. 

Some of you probably have been or will be con- 
tacted by a member of the nominating committee 
to run for an office. If so, I hope you will accept 
the privilege. You would not have been asked if 
you were not capable. Any group is much more 
fun when you have a job to do. If you know of a 
WMS lady whom you would like to have as na- 
tional patroness, please send me her name and 
address, and I will write to her. 

I guess that is all I wanted to remind you of 
for now, so have a good summer! May God be 
close to you. Until next month. . . . 

Your Sister, 
Nancy Ronk 

June 1977 



prepared by 
RoTYiayne Flora 

Esther "Queen Who Saved Her People 

"And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for 
such a time as this?" Esther 5:l4b (RSV) 

Esther, the Jewess, was only a little girl when 
both her parents died and she went to live in the 
home of her uncle, Mordecai. Her new home was 
in the great city of Shushan, where the King of 
Persia lived. Her uncle, Mordecai, had an office 
in the household of the king. He was very kind 
to Esther and loved her as his own child. 

When Esther was a young lady, the king, 
Ahasuerus, sent for the young women of the 
kingdom. They lived at the palace and were taught 
the ways of the court. At the end of a year the 
king would choose one of them to be his wife, 
the queen. Mordecai knew that Esther was a beau- 
tiful young woman, and he believed she would 
make a beautiful queen. So he sent her to the 
palace with the other young women. He told her 
not to let the fact become known that her people 
were the Jews. 

The time came for the young ladies to be pre- 
sented to the king, and they dressed themselves in 
the best that the king's wardrobe could provide. 
For once in their lives they had all the jewels and 
beautiful clothes that their hearts could desire. 

Esther did not make use of the things that were 
provided by the king, but went before him in her 
simple beauty. It would seem that she knew she 
was being sent on a Divine mission, and so she 
was not bent upon decking herself with gaudy 
jewels. She let her beauty tell its own thrilling 
story and work in its own magical way. The good- 
ness of her soul shone right through her physical 
form and rendered her more attractive than if 
she had worn the most costly garments. She was 
one of those wondrous beings who make an 
impression upon all. She carried sunshine every- 
where. When the king saw Esther, he was so 
pleased with her that he made her queen at once. 

Mordecai could no longer see this young woman. 

Planning the Meeting 

July is the birthday month of our country. It 
is timely that our study for this month is the book 
of Esther. 

Use the topics as follows: 

1. Esther — the Queen Who Saved Her People 

2. Thoughts on Esther 

3. My Part in Sisterhood 

4. "My Country 'Tis of Thee" 

whom he had cared for as tenderly as his own 
daughter. But every day he passed by the palace 
where she lived, and she could see him from her 
window. She would send messages to him by her 
faithful servants, and they would bring back the 
messages Mordecai wished her to receive. 

One time Mordecai overheard two servants of 
the king plotting to kill the king, and he sent the 
word to Esther who told the king. The king 
promptly took care of the plotters. A record was 
made in the king's book of chronicles that 
Mordecai had saved his life. 

Mordecai had an enemy in the palace — a proud, 
selfish man named Haman. He was so vain that 
he wanted all the people about the palace to bow 
to him, but Mordecai never would do it. Haman 
decided to punish Mordecai and all the other Jews 
as well. He obtained permission from the king 
to destroy all the Jews, and the decree was sent 
forth. Mordecai sent a message to Esther telling 
her of the decree and asking her to use her influ- 
ence with the king to save their lives. Then Esther 
was afraid, for if anyone went to the king without 
being called, he would lose his life unless the king 
held out his golden sceptre. But she was a Jewess, 
and she knew that she must help her people. 

Esther commanded Mordecai to gather all the 
Jews in Shushan into one place, and there to fast 
and pray for three days that God would give her 
favor in the eyes of the king. She and her servants 
would also fast during that time. Then, on the 
third day, she dressed in her most beautiful 
queenly robes and ornaments. And now, with life 
or death depending on every step, and with a 
timidity that must have made her look more beau- 
tiful than ever, she came within reach of the king's 
glance. He knew some urgent matter had brought 
her there, and because he loved her he held out 
to her the golden scepter. 

He asked, "Why have you come. Queen Esther? 
What do you want? It shall be given you, even 
though it be half of my kingdom." Esther 
answered that she only wanted the king to come 
to a feast which she was preparing for him, and 
she wanted Haman to come too. 

During the feast the king again asked Esther 
what she would like to have, and she answered, 
"Please save the lives of my people, for it is 
ordered that all the Jews shall die. And I, too, 
must die, since I am one of the Jews." 

The king was surprised and asked who had 
ordered it done. The queen pointed to Haman, who 
sat at the table with them. Haman was hanged on 


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the gallows he had built for Mordecai, while 
Mordecai was given a place of great honor in the 
palace. So a nation was saved by the courage of a 
queen. The Jews celebrated the day with a great 
feast, called the Feast of Purim. Even today the 
Jews keep this feast, and they always tell the story 
of Esther, the beautiful queen, who saved the lives 
of her people. 

Thoughts on Esther 

The book of Esther is a historical novel. It tells 
of the love which the king of a great, wealthy 
nation had for his queen, and the part played by 
that queen, Esther, in the deliverance of another 
nation, the Jews. From that nation came our Lord 
and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

God's name does not appear in the entire book. 
The king is mentioned one hundred ninety times. 
But the hand and providence of God can be found 
throughout the story. 

The year Esther spent in the palace before 
becoming queen was a time of learning court 
customs and manners. Also, it was the custom 
then for women of nobility to saturate their hair, 
skin, and pores with fumes from cosmetic burners. 

Esther, in Hebrew, is Hadassah. The Jewish 
women of the world today have an organization 
called "Hadassah." Through money raising they 
have built the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. 
It is one of the largest and finest hospitals in the 

God has plans for the world, the United States, 
the Brethren Church, and you and me. To work 
out His plans He uses people. God always has 
His certain man or woman who is willing to be 

Mordecai would bow only to God. Sometimes, 
as Christians, we have to take the same stand 
today. Saying "no" may get us called "a square" 
or something similar. Any person who will dare 
to be different is certain to be called in question. 

There is something that only you can do. 

"My Country 'Tis of Thee" 

Rev. Samuel Francis Smith, the author of the 
words of our National Hymn "America," was 
born in Boston on October 21, 1808. After college 
graduation he entered Andover Seminary, and 
while there he wrote the poem. 

In 1831 a Mr. Woodbridge, an educator, went to 
Germany to study the system of German schools. 
He was impressed that much attention was given 
to children's music, and he brought home a large 
number of music books. These were all in German, 
and he could not read German. 

All of these German books were given to Rev. 
Smith, a seminary student, to translate. "One 
dismal day in February 1832, about half an hour 
before sunset, I was turning over the leaves of 
one of the music books, when my eye rested on 
the tune which is now known as 'America.' I liked 
the spirited movement of it, not knowing it at 
that time to be 'God Save the King,' the national 
hymn of England. I glanced at the German words 
and saw they were patriotic, and instantly felt 
the impulse to write a patriotic hymn of my own, 
adapted to the tune. Picking up a scrap of waste 
paper which lay near me, I wrote at once, prob- 
ably within half an hour, the hymn 'America' as 
it is now known everywhere. The whole hymn 
stands today as it stood on the bit of waste paper, 
five or six inches long and two and a half wide." 

The origin of the tune is unknown. Henry Carey, 
an English composer (1685-1743), was the first 
man to write it down. 

The real master stroke in the hymn is in the 
last stanza. If more of the citizens of America 
would pray for our country, we would have more 
freedom and blessing than all the guns and war 
equipment of the world can bring. War never 
brings real freedom, and it can never save the 
souls of men. 

My Part in Sisterhood 

Did you ever stop to consider how important 
your place is in Sisterhood? You may say that 
they could get along just as well without you, 
but you are quite mistaken. Your part well played 
may be more important than the patroness, and 
we could not do without her. 

When you have a part on the program, make it 
an example of your best work. Your effort and 
interest may encourage another, and that one 
another until the whole society is on fire with 
enthusiasm. In giving your topic or singing your 
song you may light the spark of faith in the heart 
of another which may result in the transforming 
of dozens of lives. Would you make light of such 
a privilege of service? 

The part of the listener is quite as important as 

that of the speaker. Your attention and interest 
in the program will encourage better programs. 
Compliment your leader and program committee 
when they have an interesting program. Always 
be a sympathetic and courteous hearer. Save the 
discussion of your school news and social affairs 
until after the program. 

Are you on a committee? What have you done? 
You say that your chairman hasn't told you to do 
anything. Well, suppose you ask what you may 
do, or suggest to her that you do something. Lack 
of activity is a pretty sure sign of death, and 
decay is the next step. If your part has fallen 
that far, then the challenge comes to you, 
"Maid arise!" 

Reprinted from the IVlay 1931 WOMAN'S OUTLOOK. 

June 1977 


riE other night, after an especially 
tiring day at the office, I sat down to 
relax. Our May issue of Decision magazine 
had come and was lying on the coffee table. 
So I picked it up to browse through. 

(I must confess that that is unusual for 
me. Too often I take a quick glance at 
Decision and lay it aside for another month, 
to my loss, I'm afraid.) 

After reading several articles, however, 
I was stopped by a bold headline: 

Ron Waters looks at the 

role of prayer in the life 

of the church. 

The Prayer Meeting 

That Lasted 



In this article Leslie Tarr describes a 
round-the-clock "prayer watch" that began 
in 1727 in the Moravian community of 

I'll not recount the whole story because 
it would be better for you to read it for 
yourself. (In fact, it may still be on your 
coffee table if magazines accumulate at 
your house like they do at mine.) 

But the essence of the story is this: On 
August 27, 1727, 24 men and 24 women 
covenanted to spend one hour each day in 
"scheduled prayer." Their purpose was that 
"all might be reminded of its excellency 
and be induced by the promises annexed 
to fervent, persevering prayer to pour out 
their hearts before the Lord." 

Later, others joined the "hourly inter- 
cession," and the vigil continued for over 
100 years. 

WHY did this article capture my atten- 
tion ? Perhaps it was the result of this 
devotion to prayer: By 1792, 65 years after 
the prayer vigil began, they had sent out 
over 300 missionaries. That is amazing, 
since the village had only 300 residents in 

It is not so much that I see some kind 
of magic in 24-hour prayer vigils that I call 

this article to your attention. Frankly, 
what we need in the Brethren Church today 
is not magic anyway. 

But we do need to discover the kind of 
relationship with our Father these Moravian 
brethren sought and found. 

WE have heard a lot recently about the 
lack of ministerial and missionary can- 
didates. Certainly, we should be seeing 
more men and women, younger and older, 
hearing a call to ministry. 

Charles Munson recognized the first 
priority three years ago when he first called 
us to join a "bond of prayer." Several 
responded and, hopefully, are continuing 
their own daily vigil. 

But if we as a church are to grow, and 
if we are to see new candidates for ministry, 
you and I and thousands of other Brethren 
must release God's power among us through 
concerted and "scheduled" prayer. 

How easily we say we believe God hears 
our petitions. And how seldom we really 
approach Him with our deepest needs and 
grateful praise. 

James wrote, "The effectual fervent 
prayer of a righteous man availeth much." 

Brethren, let us pray. 


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of Evangelical Giving 

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Pennsylvania District Conference 
July 21-23. 1977 

Yinco Brethren Church 
Vinco, Pa. 

Theme: Equipping for Ministry 
Text: Ephesians 4:11-16 

Don'f miss: 

Inspirational Service 

L+. Glen Walp, 

Station Connmander 

Penna. State Police, Ebensburg 

Friday, 7:30 p.m. 

All-Conference Mission Dinner 

Dick & Kitty Winfield 
Saturday, 12:00 noon 

Vice Moderator's Address 

Rev. Thomas Kidder 
Thursday, 7:30 p.m. 

Moderator's Address 

Rev. Norman Long 
Friday, 9:00 a.m. 

Bible Study 

Friday, 4:30 p.m. 

Mini-devotions by Jerry Radcliff 
Friday and Saturday 

Also: Youth Conference 

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99. No. 7 Juy 1977 

John D. Rowsey 

Managing Editor: 

Ronald W. Waters 

Editorial Assistant: 


Richard C. Winfield 

Contributing Editors: 


The Scandal of Evangelical Giving 

Fred Burkey 

Arden Gilmer 

Billy Melvin offers cautions and guidelines in giving to organiza- 

Alberta Holsinger 

tions outside the local church. 

Phil Lersch 

Marion Mellinger 

Nancy Ronk 
Beverly Summy 


Recycled Money 

Joan Ronk tells how the Park Street Brethren Church is making 

Editorial and 

reusable investments in its college students. 

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July 1977 

by Billy Melvin 


of Evongelical Giving 

SOME of the poorest stewardship in all 
the world is practiced by well-meaning 
evangelical Christians. Bombarded by nu- 
merous appeals via radio, television, phone 
calls, direct mail, and magazines, they give 
and give and give with the false assumption 
that every appeal made in Christ's name is 
legitimate and worthy of support. I wish 
such were the case, but it just isn't true 
and it's time for someone to say so! 

Most evangelicals desire to be good 
stewards. They are highly motivated and 
wish to share generously in the Lord's work. 
But what is good stewardship? It is my 
conviction that good stewardship does not 
stop with just the giving. The giver has 
the responsibility of making sure the gift 
is given to a worthy and responsible organ- 

Billy Melvin has been executive director of the 
National Association of Evangelicals since 1967 
and has served as a pastor and denominational 

ization. At times when I have suggested 
this, some have responded by insisting, 
"My responsibility ends with the giving. 
What the organization does with my gift 
is between them and God." 

I can't agree. Such a position is a cop-out. 
Good stewardship requires giving only to 
worthy organizations which are fulfilling 
their announced objectives. If this is not 
done, there will be an ever increasing flow 
of funds to unworthy organizations siphon- 
ing off millions of dollars every year which 
could be going to legitimate causes. 

Let me illustrate. Recently in the public 
press, a child-support agency was reported 
to have spent $2.4 million of funds it raised 
for charity in advertising to raise still more 
money. The same agency, in receiving $34 
to be used as a special gift for a child, 
delivered only $4.28 and retained the rest. 

In another case, a mission in this country 
put pressure on an employee overseas to 
falsify the amount of money sent from the 
USA to the overseas office. When the em- 

Cautions and 

gyidelines for giving 

to organizations outside 

the local church. 

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ployee's Christian convictions would not 
permit him to issue a receipt for several 
thousand dollars more than he had received, 
he had no option but to resign. 

On a trip overseas this summer I was 
asked about a certain organization in 
America which makes numerous appeals 
via radio, direct mail and a magazine. A 
concerned Christian brother was troubled 
because a good friend, who was an employee 
of the organization, was being pressured 
to misrepresent facts, even to the point of 
taking pictures of public buildings and 
claiming they were orphanages supported 
by the group. 

Space does not permit me to share the 
experiences of scores more who have 
written to share their frustration and dis- 
appointment when they have discovered 
that their contributions — many of them 
sacrificial — were misused. 

Good stewardship, then, requires an in- 
telligent scrutiny of any organization before 
giving or responding to a special appeal. 
And — let's face it — there are no easy 
answers. It will take some effort. If you 
choose to give beyond your local church 
and denomination, here are some sugges- 
tions which may be helpful: 

1. Be sure the organization represents 
your personal doctrinal convictions. I never 
cease to be amazed at the number of evan- 
gelical Christians who remain unaware that 
they are sending gifts every month to 
organizations which are totally incompatible 
with their doctrinal convictions. They give 
in response to slick copy prepared by skill- 
ful writers and not upon an investigation 
into the doctrines of the organization. 

For example, some evangelicals appar- 
ently are not aware that the Pallottine 
Mission, operated by the Pallottine Fathers, 
is a Roman Catholic missionary order, hav- 
ing commercial and religious holdings in 
Maryland, Florida, New Jersey and New 
York worth at least $10 million, according 
to an article in the Baltimore Sun. 

The mission's direct mail campaign 
operates from a $1.4 million warehouse in 
Baltimore and raised an estimated $8 mil- 
lion to $15 million last year, ostensibly for 

the order's overseas missions. By the 
Pallottines' own reckoning, however, less 
than $265,000 was disbursed last year to its 
missions in 22 countries. 

How can you know the doctrinal position 
of an organization? Write and ask them. 
Request a copy of their "statement of faith" 
— ^if they don't have one or don't send one, 
forget them. 

2. If a mission, check on membership affil- 
iation. Holding membership in a responsible 
missions association indicates the mission 
has met certain criteria, including verifica- 
tion of reasonable overhead and supervision 
of work overseas. 

There are two such organizations which 
serve a large cross-section of evangelical 
missions. They are the Evangelical Foreign 
Missions Association (EFMA) and the 
Interdenominational Foreign Missions Asso- 
ciation (IFMA). 

3. Be sure the organization is fulfilling a 
ministry of special concern to you. What 
is the Lord directing you to support? What 
personal burden has He given you? Is it 
evangelism, education, radio, relief, child- 
care, church planting, literature, medical 
work or any one of a dozen more 
possibilities ? 

If an organization is working in the area 
of your concern, how effective is its min- 
istry? If it conducts work overseas, is it 
properly supervised? What is its track 
record at home? Are major purposes firmly 
established or are current interests just 
things of the moment because they happen 
to be "hot" items for fund raising? Have 
past programs been announced with much 
fanfare, attracting generous contributions 
of support, only to fade into oblivion with 
few of the original goals being realized? 
If this seems to be a pattern of their opera- 
tion, I suggest you avoid the organization 
like the proverbial plague. Search for others 
which are doing the job consistently and 

4. Insist on seeing an audited financial 
statement of the organization. Any repu- 
table organization will be happy to provide 
this for you. If there is hedging or refusal, 
forget it. Obviously, the organization does 

Good st-ewardship 
does not- stop 

with the giving. 

July 1977 


not want you to know its overall financial 
state of affairs, the amount of total income 
or the manner in which funds have been 

I recall a time when a friend wrote to 
secure an audit of a Christian organization. 
The first response was that the audit for 
the previous calendar year had not been 
completed. (This was in September.) 
Assurance was given that a copy of the 
audit would be sent just as soon as it was 
ready. My friend waited, and when the 
audit did not arrive by December, she wrote 
again. The response was most interesting. 
Because so much time had lapsed, it was 
decided not to have an audit for the year 
in question. 

If an audit is provided, study it carefully. 
There are several things which can be 
learned about an organization from its 
financial statement. For example, notice the 
amount spent for overhead. One organiza- 
tion I know of operates with an overhead 
of close to 90 percent. Only 10 percent is 
getting to the place of service or ministry — 
hardly an effective organization. Generally 
speaking, an overhead exceeding 25 percent 
is considered excessive. 

5. Review the organization's board of 
directors. Be sure not to confuse this board 
with what is usually called a "board of 
reference." Although a board of reference 
may serve some purpose, all too often I 
have found that individuals allow their 
names to be used with very little working 

knowledge of the organization and its 
ministry. Therefore, it is best to focus on 
the organization's board of directors. In 
doing so, try to determine the following: 

a. Is the board made up of a cross-section 
of responsible evangelicals? Is a majority 
on the board from one family? (Remember, 
relatives do not necessarily have the same 
last name.) If the board is small and 
dominated by one family, be careful. 

b. How are board members selected? I 
am not suggesting that a self -perpetuating 
board is necessarily suspect, but I do believe 
it requires careful examination. Such a 
board is responsible to no one but itself. 

c. Is there a constant change of board 
members? This may mean little, but then 
again, it may indicate unrest and dissension 
or even an unscrupulous leader with whom 
men of conviction and principle will not 

d. Is the board determining policy? A 
board that has become simply a rubber 
stamp for a strong personality or aggressive 
staff is not fulfilling its responsibility. Con- 
trol has shifted to the leader or staff, and 
the board has been reduced to an advisory 
capacity, unable to initiate policy. 

These suggestions will help you practice 
responsible stewardship. You will think of 
other possibilities, and I urge you to follow 
through on them. Once you have determined 
in your own mind and heart those organiza- 
tions which are responsible and doing a 

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work you wish to support, do so on the 
following basis: 

1. Concentrate your giving. Do not give 
small gifts to many different organizations. 
I know many well-meaning Christians who 
send one dollar a month to ten different 
organizations. They think in terms of 
"spreading their money around." What is 
not realized, however, is that by the time 
such a gift is receipted and necessary record 
keeping completed, not much of the dollar 
is left to be put to work. 

If a person wishes to give $10 a month 
beyond his tithe, it would be far better 
to single out one or two organizations and 
contribute to them. Concentrated giving 
often represents a better stewardship. 

This is not, of course, to depreciate the 
"widow's mite" gift. Every reputable organ- 
ization will receive such gifts with thanks- 
giving and a deep sense of stewardship 

2. Insist on current reports. Initial giving 
may have been prompted by a particular 
need or ministry which has been completed 
or suspended months or even years ago. 
Not long ago a man wrote to inquire about 
a certain organization. His letter was 
prompted by the fact that his aged mother 
had been sending sizeable sums of money 
for several years in support of a specific 
project. His investigation revealed the 
project had long since been completed, but 
the organization was still requesting the 
monthly contributions. 

It is vital to know how your gift will be 
used and to insist on current reports. Back- 
ing up your gifts with prayer is also im- 

portant, and current reports will help you 
pray specifically. Someone has suggested 
we should never support something finan- 
cially without a commitment to pray as well. 
This is good advice! 

3. Make periodic checks. Organizations, 
like people, have a way of changing. Just 
because an organization was responsible 
and represented an area of concern to you 
at one time, does not mean the same is true 
today. What is its current program and 
reputation ? What about present leadership ? 
Has there been theological compromise? 

This type of check is especially important 
if you should choose to remember an 
organization in your will. Unwise evan- 
gelical Christians have left thousands of 
dollars to undeserving organizations simply 
because they wrote them into their will, but 
failed to make the periodic check suggested 
above. Organizations do change and the 
good steward will be alert to this fact. 

As I warned in the beginning, it takes 
effort to be a good steward. Such effort, 
however, should never discourage evan- 
gelicals from giving to the Lord's work as 
freely and generously as possible. Hun- 
dreds of organizations are responsible and 
effective, making significant contributions 
to the Kingdom's work. They need and 
should have financial support. But respon- 
sible stewardship requires discernment. 
Without it the scandal of evangelical giving 
will continue. □ 

Reprinted with permission from ACTION (Winter 1976), the official 
publication of the National Association of Evangelicals. 

See page 9 for more on this subject. 

Just because an 
organization was responsible 

at one time does not 
mean the same is true today. 

July 1977 

Park Street Church 

is making 



TODAY, the No. 1 thought in most 
American households is getting the bills 
paid — meeting the payment before the 
interest rate goes up another day. Shop- 
pers read ads and hit specials in many 
stores to take advantage of the bargains. 
"Getting the most for your money" is the 
name of the game! 

Money so spent is gone — what remains is 
the paid receipt or the product on the shelf. 
Not too bad, you say? True, but it could 
be better! 

The Park Street Brethren Church in 
Ashland, Ohio, has a unique method of 
spending. They recycle money! They spend 
so it can come back and be spent again! 

The fund is a Student Loan Fund, which 
had its beginning in a deacon meeting. We 
all realize the deacons are overseers of the 
spiritual growth of the church, so I'm not 
sure how this money subject began. How- 
ever, the facts are that the Park Street 
Church received a sizable bequest in 1972. 
Not wanting to spend all of it on the parking 
lot and driveway, the tithe of the bequest 
was set aside and eventually became the 
Student Loan Fund. Since its inception, the 
Fund has increased several times, as other 
bequests were received. 

The Fund was established when costs of 
a college education were increasing. The 
deacons realized that some worthy students 
could not meet the costs. The deacons saw 
a need in our congregation, and they helped 
to meet the need! The Fund was made 
a,vailable to college-bound students. 

Guidelines were set up for the use of this 
money. The guidelines did not require 
attendance at a specific school or any par- 
ticular program. They required church 
membership, regular attendance, and re- 

In our congregation the loan is interest- 
free until six months after the completion 
of the educational program. Then the loan 
is repayed at 6% interest, and another 
student can be assisted. 

Several people have used this revolving 
fund. Let me cite a few examples. One stu- 
dent wanted to attend secretarial school in 
Cincinnati. The loan made it possible for 
her to attend their two-year program. Upon 
graduation she returned home and was 
quickly employed as an executive secretary 
in an Ashland industry. 

The wife of a seminary student needed 
some additional summer work at the OSU 
branch in Mansfield. While her husband 
continued at the seminary on his part-time 
income, her extended education was an 
impossibility. However, the Student Loan 
Fund at Park Street turned the impossible 
into possible! 

When two college educations came at 
the same time in one family, the younger 
student asked the church for help. The loan 
was arranged for two years. Following her 
graduation at Ashland College, this student 
was hired as a kindergarten teacher. She 
and her brother are grateful that both are 
educated, and their parents did not suffer 
a great financial crisis for them. 

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by Joan Ronk 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Another young lady used the loan for 
licensed-practical-nurse training in Mans- 
field. Since graduation she has been em- 
ployed at Brethren Care in Ashland. She 
is happy to be of service to the aged, and 
thankful for the church which assisted her. 

Students do not feel burdened about re- 
paying the loan. When their income begins, 
it is evident that some of it regularly goes 
back to the church's Student Loan Fund 
to replenish the account. Being grateful 
for the help they received makes them 
anxious and happy to repay, so the money 
can be used again. 

Recycled money? Of course! Your church 
can set up a similar loan fund for worthy 
students. Perhaps an amount as small as 
$100 will make it possible for a student to 
continue his education instead of settling 
for a lesser goal. 

The amount is not the important factor, 
of course. What is important is that the 
church is showing its love by helping some- 
one in need. That's what it's all about! n 

Joan Ronk is church school superintendent and 
organist at the Park Street Brethren Church in 

A word about 

Brethren Church 

The General Conference of the Brethren 
Church has authorized seven cooperating boards 
to conduct the ministries of the church. The 
Central Council helps to coordinate their work, 
as well as that of the auxiliaries and Ashland 
College and Seminary. 

As creatures of the Conference, each of the 
boards is responsible to it and its directives. 

As part of the business sessions of Conference 
each year, the boards present a report of their 
work. Verbal and financial reports are printed in 
the Conference program booklet and are retained 
for a permanent record in the annual minutes. 

The boards also issue updated information on 
their work periodically through the Brethren 
Evangelist, district conference reports, direct mail 
letters, newsletters, and speaking engagements in 
local churches. 

These reporting procedures offer members of 
the church the opportunity to know how their 
contributions are being spent and to provide input 
into the direction taken by the church's 

With the inauguration of the new addressing 
service by the Brethren Publishing Company, you 
may receive mailings from several of the boards 
with which you have not previously had con- 
tact. Though you may not be financially able to 
support all ministries of the church, you are 
encouraged to use the information you receive 
to direct you in your prayers for the Brethren 
Church and its ministries. 

If at any time you have questions about the 
purpose, immediate and long-range goals, or 
financial statement of one of the cooperating 
boards, please contact the executive employee of 
that board (or president where there is no 
executive). They will be most happy to answer 
your questions. 

Information on Other 
Non-profit Organizations 

The Philanthropic Advisory Service, a division 
of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc., 
gathers and publishes information on non-profit 
organizations which conduct national or interna- 
tional fund raising or program services. 

It publishes a quarterly pamphlet called "Give 
But Give Wisely" that provides an evaluation 
of nearly 400 non-profit organizations. It is 
available for $1.00 and a stamped, self-addressed 
business envelope. 

Write to the Philanthropic Advisory Service, 
1150 Seventeenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 

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Dr. George R. Brunk speaker 
for General Conference 

Dr. George R. Brunk will be the 
featured speaker at the 1977 General 
Conference. He will make four pres- 
entations to the Conference on 
Wednesday and Thursday. 

Dr. Brunk's message topics will 
include: "The Greatest Need in the 
Church"; "The Supreme Task of the 
Church"; and "The Dynamic Pro- 
vision for the Church." 

He will speak Wednesday at 9:00 
a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 
10:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. 

Dr. Brunk spoke at the 1975 South- 
east District Conference and comes 
to the General Conference highly 

He is president of Brunk Revivals, 
Inc., of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He 
has had 25 years of experience in 
evangelism, revival work, and Bible 
conference activity. He has also 
conducted crusades in 25 states and 
5 provinces of Canada. 

He served eight years as dean of 
Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Har- 
risonburg. He also taught courses 
for 10 years in the seminary and 
Eastern Mennonite College on sys- 
tematic theology, evangelism, and 
New Testament book studies. 

An ordained minister in the Men- 


Dr. George R. Brunk 

nonite Church, Dr. Brunk served 10 
years in the pastorate before going 
into evangelism and teaching. 

He is a graduate of William and 
Mary College, with a major in 
sociology. He earned three de- 
grees, the last a Th. D., from Union 
Theological Seminary in Richmond, 

He and Mrs. Brunk have four 
sons and a daughter. 

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Moderator McCann highlights 
1977 Conference business 

I am looking forward to the 89th 
General Conference, to be held on 
the campus of Ashland College from 
August 15 to 19. 

I also want you to be aware of 
several important items of business 
the Conference will be considering: 

Concerning requirements for mem- 
bership in the Brethren Church. 

There is a memorial coming from a 
local Brethren congregation to the 
Spiritual State of the Churches Com- 
mittee, making inquiry to the General 
Conference about accepting into mem- 
bership those who have confessed 
Jesus Christ as personal Lord and 
Savior, have been baptized by believ- 
er's immersion, and evidence a per- 
sonal faith in their lives. This is a 
very important matter that will need 
to be considered at this Conference. 

Concerning the questionnaire to 

pastors, moderators, and deacons/ 
deaconesses. About 42 percent were 
returned to me, which is a very 
good response. Based upon the infor- 
mation supplied by these church 
leaders, I will be making some sug- 
gestions and some recommendations 
to the General Conference. 

Concerning the study on the re- 
organisation of denominational work 
at the national level. The Polity 
Committee has held hearings and 
received some input by mail. The 
committee is meeting soon to evaluate 
the study in view of this information 
and will be reporting the results 
with recommendations to the Con- 

Concerning General Conference 
organization. I will be bringing 
recommendations to the Polity Com- 
mittee for consideration relating to 
changes in the structure of the 
General Conference Executive Com- 
mittee and of the Spiritual State of 
the Churches Committee. Hopefully, 
this will enable them to function in 
an even better way. 

Concerning local congregational 
delegate representation. I hope that 
each congregation will have its full 
quota of delegates in attendance. 

Also I would encourage other mem- 
bers to attend as well. I know this 
is going to be another great General 
Conference and celebration as we all 
seek to help "equip the church for 

See you in August. 

Business Sessions 

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. 

Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. 

Thursday, 3:45 p.m. 

Friday, 10:15 a.m. 


Monday - 

7:30 p.m. — Opening Session/ 


9:05 a.m. — Moderator's Report, by 

Rev. Marlin McCann 
7:30 p.m. — Laymen's Inspirational 



9:00 a.m. — Inspirational Hour, with 

Dr. George Brunk 
2:45 p.m. — WMS Public Service, 

with Dr. Roy J. Johnson 
3:45 p.m.-j- Workshops 
7:30 p.m.-— Inspirational Hour, with 

Dr. George Brunk 


9:00 a.m. — Church Grovv^th Models 
10:15 a.m. — Inspirational Flour, 

with Dr. George Brunk 
12:00 noon — Fasting Banquet/ 

World Relief Board 
2:45 p.m. — Inspirational Hour, with 

Dr. George Brunk 
7:30 p.m. — Tribute to the Glenn 

8:00 p.m. — Board of Christian 

Education/Missionary Board 



9:00 a.m. — Ashland Seminary 

2:45 p.m. — Missionary Board 





July 1977 





AC plans Concept Weekend 
to follow 1977 Conference 

The Ashland College Alumni Asso- 
ciation is inviting alumni and others 
attending the General Conference to 
the first annual Alumni College 
Concept Weekend, August 19 to 21. 

The weekend will include educa- 
tion, recreation, and relaxation for 
the entire family. It will begin Friday 
evening, August 19, at 7:00 p.m., 
with a general session with new 
college president Arthur Schultz. A 
Sunday noon brunch will conclude 
the weekend. 

Four seminars are planned, dealing 
with money management and finan- 
cial planning; antiques, with a panel 
including Richard Leidy; health, ex- 
ercise, and diet; and life and living/ 
death and dying, led by Dr. Charles 

Participants will also attend a 
concert of the Cleveland Orchestra 

Reusing SS materials focus 
of Brethren House display 

The staff members of Brethren 
House in St. Petersburg, Fla., are 
inviting Sunday school teachers to 
bring old church school curriculum 
materials to General Conference. 
They will help teachers find ways of 
recycling the materials for use in 
new ways. 

Phil and Jean Lersch and Bonnie 
Munson are encouraging teachers to 
bring old teachers' quarterlies, pupils' 
books, and take-home papers. "We 
will show you how we have recycled 
such materials. You may be inspired 
with other ideas to revitalize your 
church school program with recycled, 
dressed-up materials." 

They also note that other teachers 
will be around to share their ideas 
as well. 

"Look us up in the display area of 
the Convocation Center at General 

at Blossom Music Center on Saturday 

Programs are being planned for 
children to allow parents to attend 
the seminars. 

Cost of the weekend is $75 per 
person, including seminars, campus 
housing, meals, and recreational 

For registration forms, contact 
Wanda Kerr, Director of Alumni and 
Parent Relations, Ashland College, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Benevolent Bd. hosts banquet 
for senior citizens 

A special banquet is being planned 
for senior citizens during General 
Conference week, according to Bev- 
erly Summy. 

Sponsored by the Benevolent 
Board, the banquet will honor all 
local Senior Citizen Award nominees 
submitted for national consideration. 
Other interested senior citizens, 
friends, and relatives may purchase 
tickets for the event. 

National winners of the Senior 
Citizen of the Year Award and the 
Senior Citizen Church Award will also 
be announced and honored. 

Details of the banquet will be 
announced at a later date. 

AC/ATS tours planned 

Ashland College and Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary have scheduled two 
campus tours on Monday, August 15, 
for those who arrive early to General 

The first hour-and-a-half tour be- 
gins at 10:00 a.m. The second tour 
will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

Both tours will begin at the Con- 
vocation Center lobby. Following a 
walking tour of the college campus, 
tour members will drive to the sem- 
inary campus. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Conference attenders will again 
have opportunity to browse through 
displays of Brethren ministries, ac- 
cording to display coordinator Dick 

Most denominational ministries, 
several auxiliaries, and at least two 
local churches have reserved space 
for exhibits this year. 

The display area will again be lo- 
cated in the Convocation Center. 

Dr Roy Johnson will speak 
for WMS public service 

Dr. Roy S. Johnson will be the 
speaker for the National WMS Public 
Service on Thursday, August 18, at 
2:45 p.m. 

Dr. Johnson has practiced family 
medicine in Shelby, Ohio, for 15 
years. He is a member of the Ameri- 
can Medical Association, the Chris- 
tian Medical Society, the Ohio and 
National Society of Family Physi- 
cians, and the National Association 
of Emergency Physicians and Sur- 

He is in great demand as a speaker 
for Bible conferences throughout the 
country. In addition to being active 
in his local church, he also has con- 
ducted many studies and workshops 
on Christian family living. 

According to WMS Vice President 
Helen Dickson, "He has traveled 
worldwide, and he will be relating to 
us the urgency of proclaiming God's 

She added, "God has gifted him 
with a beautiful singing voice, and 
he will share with us in song as well 
as the message. 

"We urge everyone not to miss this 
special program. We feel very for- 
tunate to have such a busy doctor 
willing to be with us to share in 
spreading the gospel." 

The Public Service, as well as all 
WMS sessions, will be held in the 
John C. Myers Convocation Center 
on the Ashland College campus. 

3l£ * 

Dr. Roy J. Johnson 

Auxiliary Sessions 

(WMS, Laymen, Sisterhood, 
Brotherhood, and Ministers) 
Daily, 1:30 p.m. 

Special Speakers 


Wednesday — Dr. Arthur Schultz, 
president of Ashland College 


Tuesday — Kitty Winfield, former 
missionary to Nigeria 

Thursday — "Christian Dating, 
Engagement, and Marriage" 
panel — Beth Barber, Norma 
Waters, Karen Weidenhamer 

Ministerial Association 

Tuesday — Dr. Arthur Schultz 

Thursday — Rev. Richard Winfield, 
editorial assistant for the 
Brethren Publishing Company 
and former missionary 

Friday — Paul and Donna Steiner, 
speaking on team ministry 


July 1977 



ReVe Stoffer to speak to youth 
on their spiritual gifts 

The 1977 National BYC Convention 
will focus on the theme "Equipping 
Youth for Ministry." 

Featured speaker for the August 
15 to 19 meeting will be the Rev. Dale 
R. Stoffer, a doctoral candidate at 
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasa- 
dena, California. Rev. Stoffer will 
bring a series of Bible studies on the 
spiritual gifts and will conduct the 
BYC Communion service Thursday 
evening, August 18. 

Rev. Stoffer is uniquely equipped 
to speak to Brethren youth. He was 
active in the youth programs of the 
Trinity Brethren Church, Northeast 
Ohio district, and National BYC. He 
served as a Summer Crusader in 1970 
and 1971 and held numerous positions 
of responsibility in local, district, and 
national youth work. He is a graduate 
of Ashland College and Seminary and 
is deeply committed to the ministry 
of the Brethren Church. 

The program also includes mes- 
sages to be delivered by Dr. George 
Brunk (the General Conference 
speaker), Dr. Richard Allison, and 
Rev. Arden Gilmer. Two films, 
"Cipher in the Snow" and "Noah's 
Ark," have also been scheduled. 

A new feature of the Convention 
will be the presentation of district- 
sponsored programs. This year, Indi- 
ana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South- 
east districts are each planning hour- 
long programs. 

The musical "Backpacker's Suite" 
will be presented by the 1977 Sum- 
mer Crusaders and Interns as a "Cru- 
sader Review" on Wednesday eve- 
ning, August 17, with a reception 

All this and much more awaits the 
delegates and alternates who register 
for and attend the National BYC 
Convention. (Note: Only registered 
members of National BYC are eligible 
to serve as delegates or alternates. 
It is recommended that delegates be 
in seventh grade or older.) 

Rev. Dale R. Stoffer 

Housing Commil'fee urges 

The committee on housing for the 
1977 General Conference is strongly 
encouraging Conference attenders to 
pre-register for rooms. 

Pre-registration forms are being 
enclosed in the Conference Program 
Book, which is being mailed to local 
church leaders prior to General Con- 
ference. Forms are also being made 
available to pastors for members of 
their congregation who may not 
receive a program book. 

Deadline for pre-registration is 
August 1. 

Housing will again be in Kem and 
Amstutz Halls. The cost is $4.00 per 
person per night for double occu- 
pancy, $4.50 per night for single 
occupancy. Children under 11 sharing 
a room with both parents will pay 
35<^ per night times their age. 

Included in the housing fee are 
sheets, pillows and pillow cases, and 
towels, but not blankets. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Workshops to equip 
for ministry 

Are you planning to retire from 
something or to something? 

According to Dorman Ronk, execu- 
tive secretary of the Benevolent 
Board, people approaching retirement 
must answer many difficult ques- 
tions. Too often they fail to see the 
opportunities retirement can bring. 

Finding answers to these chal- 
lenging questions will be the subject 
of one of the workshops scheduled 
for 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. 

Other workshops, being arranged 
by Rev. Larry Bolinger, will be an- 
nounced at General Conference. 

Some of the questions Ronk expects 
to deal with in his workshop include : 
Can I begin to face the fact that I 
will retire? Am I still refusing to 
think about retirement? What do I 
fear most? Should I seek an alter- 
native to complete retirement — such 
as staying on the job, seeking part- 
time employment, or changing ca- 
reers? What should I do today to 
get ready for retirement? 

Location of the workshop will be 
announced at General Conference. 

"Banquet," sewing display 
planned by World Relief 

The World Relief Board will again 
emphasize world hunger with a fast- 
ing banquet during General Confer- 
ence. They will also provide a display 
area for relief sewing. 

The fasting banquet will be held 
Thursday at noon at the Convoca- 
tion Center cafeteria. The program 
will feature a preview of the World 
Relief Commission's latest film, 
"Haiti: Mountains Beyond Moun- 

The menu for the banquet will be 
symbolic of the daily intake of 
millions around the world: a bowl of 
seasoned rice and a glass of water. 

Banquet attenders will be asked 
to make a donation. Money collected 
in excess of expenses will be used for 
world relief. 

The sewing display will be available 
for individuals or church groups to 
show samples of their sewing com- 
pleted during the year. Groups are 
also encouraged to bring along pat- 
terns for their favorite world relief 
garments to share with other groups. 

Plan now fo offend the 


August 15-19, 1977 

Ashland College 

Ashland, Ohio 

July 1977 



news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

illedgeville dedicates new ed unit, 
remodeled sanctuary in May 

Milledgeville, III. — Members and friends of the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church gathered on Sunday, 
May 15, to dedicate to God and the service of our 
Savior their new education unit and remodeled 
sanctuary. Dr. Fred Burkey, Christian Education 
Director for the Brethren Church, was the key 

The new education unit provides 12 new class- 
rooms, a pastor's study, an office for the secretary, 
a nursery, and restrooms. A beautiful 32-chair 
chapel was also included in this building. A par- 
ticularly striking feature of this chapel is the 
pulpit. This is the pulpit from the original church. 
It was refinished for use in the chapel by Stan 
Dennis, a member of the Milledgeville Church. 
An attractive, large foyer connects the education 
unit with the sanctuary. 

The sanctuary was remodeled in such a way as 

to increase seating capacity. The walls of two 
rooms at the back of the sanctuary were removed, 
adding this space to the auditorium. In this way 
seating was added for 70 more people. Even so. 
Pastor Jim Black notes that "we rejoice in the 
'problem' that already we are overcrowded, and 
thought is being given to more efficient use of a 
balcony area." 

The exterior of the church building also took on 
a new look. Hazardous steps leading into the 
remodeled building were removed, and the old 
entry was covered with a beautiful cross and 
shrubs, planted where the steps had been. The 
landscaping, cross, lights, and most of the interior 
furnishings were provided by memorial gifts. 

A number of people from the Milledgeville 
Brethren Church took part in the service of dedi- 
cation. These included Rev. Jim Black — pastor; 

The new educational unit was added to the south (left) of the Milledgeville, III, Brethren Church. 
Remodeling of the sanctuary allowed an addition of 70 seats for worship. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


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Mr. John Parks — church moderator; Mr. Harlan 
Hollewell — deacons' chairman; Mrs. Shirley Black 
— church school superintendent; Mr. Richard 
Hutchison — building chairman; and Mr. Wayne 
Hawkins — memorial chairman. 

Special music for the service was provided by 
the church choir, by Lenora Blumer and Dorothy 
Ruth Glenn, and by the Dennis family. 

The Brethren Church in Milledgeville had its 
beginning in 1850, when Elder Henry Meyers and 
several other families came to Illinois from Som- 
erset County, Pennsylvania. Early worship services 
were conducted in homes and a schoolhouse. These 
people were of the Dunkard faith. 

The Brethren Church was formed later in a 
community known as Dutchtown, 2 1/2 miles west 
of Milledgeville. The work was organized under 
the direction of Elder H. R. Holsinger. The first 
church building was dedicated by Elder S. H. 
Bashor, and the church was called Bethlehem 

Soon it became necessary to erect a place of 
worship in the village of Milledgeville. The church 
was completed in 1889 and was also dedicated by 
S. H. Bashor. This building was destroyed by fire 
on November 15, 1936. On October 17, 1937, a new 
building was dedicated. This building has served 
the congregation well for many years. 

In recent years the people of the church sensed 
a need to expand. Under the present pastor, 122 
persons have been added to the church, with 
attendance increasing accordingly. "The people 
knew that the church could grow, but they knew 
as well that the physical obstacle of limited space 
in the church building must be overcome. Now 
they are "on the go" again. 

The work is not finished. Positive planning is 
already underway for "Brethren Manor," a hous- 
ing complex for the elderly. A non-profit corpora- 
tion has been approved, and soon aggressive action 
will be taken. The church is involved in com- 
munity life, radio outreach, and evangelism. The 
church is also providing three young men for 
pre-seminary training this year. 

Pastor Jim Black notes that even though the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church is a little church 
in a little town, "we have a great Lord and a 
positive vision. In Milledgeville 'church growth' 
is not a denominational term — it is a reality." 

Staff Photo 

Workmen unload the new offset press at the 
Publishing Company print shop. 


presses arrive 

Ashland, Ohio — The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany moved its two new presses into its printing 
department May 25. 

The presses, which were purchased from a local 
manufacturer, will be used by the company to 
expand and upgrade its offset printing capabilities. 

Portions of the presses had to be dismantled for 
moving. It is expected that both will be in full 
operation by early fall, following reassembly, 
installation, and final testing and adjustment. 

Walcresf- youth sponsor 
all-church picnic 

Mansfield, Ohio — An all-church picnic sponsored 
by the youth was a special feature of youth month 
in the Walcrest Brethren Church. The picnic was 
held on Sunday, May 22, on the church grounds. 

About 55 people attended the picnic, sharing in 
such activities as softball, badminton, volleyball, 
and just plain socializing. The afternoon began 
at 1:00 p.m., and a carry-in dinner with lots of 
great food followed at 5:00 p.m. 

Following the meal the youth led the picnickers 
in an inspirational vesper service. The vespers 
were planned for the church lawn, but an evening 
rain made it necessary to have the service in the 
church sanctuary. 

In reviewing the activities of youth month, 
Ralph and Jan Brown, sponsors of the Walcrest 
Brethren Youth commented: "Too often the youth 
are not recognized for the good they are in the 
church and community. I can think of no better 
way to show our appreciation for the many and 
various ways that the youth are serving their 
Lord than to set aside a month to recognize their 
special avenues of service." 

July 1977 



Rev. Donald Rowser honored 
on "Pastor Appreciation Day" 

This year of 1977 is a very special one for Rev. 
Donald Rowser, pastor of the Brethren Church 
of Nev/ Lebanon, Ohio. This year marks 25 years 
for Rev. Rowser in the Lord's service as a pastor; 
25 years oi mai'iiage; and the start of his 13tn 
year at tlie New Lebanon Church, v; i'X - -■ 

To celebrate these special occasions, the New 
Lebanon Brethren held a "Pastor Appreciation 
Day" in Pastor Don's honor on Sunday morning, 
March 13. The celebration began during the morn- 
ing worship service when Tracy Rowser, Pastor 
Don's daughter, presented him a single red rose. 
This rose was symbolic oi the unity of the entire 
congregation in their love and respect lor their 

Also during the morning worship service a short 
biography of Rev. Rowser was given, and mem- 
bers of the congregation told some of the ways 
in which Pastor Don has shared the Lord's love 
with them through his ministry. 

Following the worship service, over 200 people 
attended a carry-in dinner held for Pastor Don 
and his wife, Charlene. During this dinner a special 
tribute was paid to Mrs. Rowser as "the Pastor's 
Wife." Other activities during the dinner hour 
included special music, addresses from past church 
moderators, and the presentation of 12 roses to 
Rev. Rowser — one for each year he has served in 
New Lebanon. 

The highlight of "Pastor Appreciation Day" was 
when the church presented Pastor Don and his 
wife with a trip to the Holy Land. This trip has 
long been a dream of the Rowsers. 

Donald Rowser was born in Johnstown, Pa., the 
son of John and Margaret Rowser. He attended 
elementary and high school in Johnstown. Later 
he attended Ashland College and Seminary. 

Don married Charlene Carol Tracy on June 7, 
1952. The Rowsers have two children — David, 16, 
and Tracy, 15. 

While attending Ashland College, Pastor Don 
began serving the North Georgetown, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church. He pastored that congregation from 
1953 to 1958. Rev. Rowser then went to the Smith- 
ville, Ohio, Brethren Church where he served 
until the end of 1S64. He came to New Lebanon in 
January of 1965. 

Since Pastor Don has come to New Lebanon, 
church membership has grown from 3S7 in 1965 
to 543 in 1976. Average attendance has gone from 
179 in 1965 to 268 in 1976. Also since his coming, 
the budget has gone from $35,000 in 1965 to 
$80,000 in 1977. The growth in the size of the 
congregation has made it necessary to remodel 
the sanctuary — adding 75 more seats — and to have 
two morning worship services to eliminate crowded 
conditions in the sanctuary. The church has also 
hired an assistant pastor to help Rev. Rowser, 

Don and Charlene Rowser were honored by the 
New Lebanon Church in March for their 25 years 
in the ministry. 

particularly with youth and Christian education 

Even though Pastor Don has a long and im- 
pressive list of accomplishments, he is known and 
loved best for his love of the Lord and his genuine 
concern for others. 

Brethren Publishing Co. personnel 
to speak In churches in September 

Ashland, Ohio — Brethren Publishing Company per- 
sonnel will be available for speaking engagements 
during the month of September, according to John 

In making the announcement, Mr. Rowsey noted 
that staff members are happy to speak to churches 
or organizations at any time of the year. "But we 
are especially interested in sharing during Septem- 
ber, since that is the emphasis month for Brethren 

"We are excited about how God is working in 
the Brethren Church as a whole. And we are 
especially excited about His work through the 
Publishing Company. As we approach the 100th 
year of publishing the Brethren Evangelist, we 
are anxious to share directly with as many 
Brethren as possible," he said. 

Several dates have already been reserved. In- 
terested churches and organizations are encour- 
aged to contact Mr. Rowsey now, ahead of 
General Conference. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Park Street men, women 
begin phone ministry 

Ashland, Ohio — On June 1 a new telephone min- 
istry, "the CARE Line," was begun at the Park 
Street Brethren Church. The CARE Line offers 
people of Ashland and surrounding communities 
a number which they can call 24 hours a day to 
find a listening ear, an encouraging voice, and an 
offer of help. The phone is manned at all hours by 
volunteers (men and women) from the Park 
Street Church. 

This telephone ministry grew out of a weekly 
men's Bible study group which began January 
25th of this year. As these men studied the Book 
of Acts, it became plain to them that the men of 
the early church were not only learners of God's 
word, but also doers of the word. This fact caused 
these men to seek a way to become active. 

Dan DeVeny, a member of the group, reports 
that "As we prayed, the idea of a telephone min- 
istry came to our minds. The seed was planted, 
nourished with prayer and work, and on June 1 
the teleministry became a reality." 

The code name, "the CARE Line," is significant. 
It indicates that the person calling this number 
is talking to someone who CARES about him. The 
telephone number, itself (289-2273), gives the 
message. People needing help or a listening ear 
simply need to dial 289-CARE. 

Brush Valley dedicates baptistry 

Adrian, Pa. — A new baptismal pool was dedicated 
at the Brush Valley Brethren Church on Sunday, 
April 17th. The pool was built by the men of the 

Following the dedication service, a baptism was 
held in the new pool. Seven new members were 
baptized in this service. Two new members were 
received into membership by transfer of letter 
on the same date. 

Tornadoes hit Bangladesh, 
sends aid 

Valley Forge, Pa. — The following telegram was 
received April 11 by Everett Graffam of the World 
Relief Commission. 

"A series of severe tornadoes hit several dis- 
tricts including our Kotalapara project district. 
Colossal loss of property, cattle, and crops. Thous- 
ands homeless — have nothing — hundreds dead. 
Immediate emergency needs critical. I personally 
visited all areas. Help is needed now. Moving in 
with prayers and hope for funds. Housing a must 
monsoon season approaching. Help is needed now." 

The telegram was sent by Paul Munshi, WRC 
Field Director, Kulhna, Bangladesh. 

Phil Lersch reports meeting Paul Munshi and 
visiting WRC projects in Bangladesh last year. 

Jane Solomon 

Linda Geiser 

Ashland women named 
Jennings Scholars 

Ashland, Ohio — Jane Solomon and Linda Geiser 
have been named among the Jennings Scholars 
for the 1977-78 school year. 

Mrs. Solomon is a third grade teacher at 
Jeromesville School near Ashland. Mrs. Geiser is 
a second grade teacher at Pleasant Street School 
in Ashland. Both women attend the Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

Jennings Scholars are selected from schools all 
over Ohio. Teachers are chosen for this honor on 
the basis of their merits as classroom teachers. 

Jane Solomon is a native of Ashland and 
attended Ashland College, graduating in 1971. She 
has completed her third year of teaching at 

Jane is an active member of the Park Street 
Church. She is a Sunday school teacher, member 
of the official board, and treasurer of the Woman's 
Missionary Society. She has also served as an 
evening youth leader and as director and super- 
intendent of vacation Bible school. She is married 
to Leroy Solomon — a student at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary and assistant pastor at Park 

Linda Geiser is originally from Rittman, Ohio. 
She attended Ohio State University, from which 
she was graduated in 1970. She has taught four 
years at Pleasant Street School in Ashland. She 
and her husband, Robert, have attended Park 
Street for the past year and a half. 

Jennings Scholars are selected every other year 
to attend lectures by educators of international 
standing. The lectures are held on Saturdays 
during the school year at Capital University in 
Columbus, Ohio. 

He says that both Paul and the projects were a 
credit to the name of Christ. 

WRC has already forwarded emergency funds 
to Bangladesh, but more funds are needed. Any 
Brethren desiring to respond to this need should 
mark their checks "Bangladesh" and send them — 
directly or through your church treasurer — to 
George Kerlin, 1318 E. Douglas, Goshen, Indiana 

July 1977 



Ashland Seminary graduates 53 
af annual ceremony 

Ashland Theological Seminary presented degrees 
to 53 graduates at its annual graduate service on 
Saturday morning, June 11. The service was held 
in the Ronk Memorial Chapel on the Seminary 

Dr. Louis F. Gough, retiring professor of New 
Testament theology at ATS, brought the message 
during the service. He spoke on the subject "Chil- 
dren of History or Catastrophes of History?" 

Five different degrees were presented at the 
ceremonies. Nine graduates received the Doctor 
of Ministry degree; eleven received the Master of 
Arts in Religion degree with major in pastoral 
counseling and psychology; fifteen were presented 
the degree of Master of Divinity; nine received 
the Master of Divinity degree with major in pas- 
toral counseling and psychology; and 11 were 
awarded the Master of Arts in Religion degree. 
Two of the graduates received two degrees each. 

Included among this year's graduates were five 
Brethren men. They are Robert L. Keplinger, 
Robert Bruce Clough, Richard Paul Craver, John 
F. Edwards, Jr., and Robert M. Payne, Jr. 

Rev. Robert L,. Keplinger is a former graduate 
of Ashland Theological Seminary, having received 
his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1954. This year 
he was awarded the degree of Master of Divinity. 
Rev. Keplinger is pastor of the Washington, D.C., 
Brethren Church. 

Robert Cloug-h is from Highland Heights, Ohio, 
where he was formerly a member of the Highland 
Sixth United Presbyterian Church. He is presently 
a member of the Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church. Since January of this year Robert has 
been serving as part-time pastor of the Fremont, 
Ohio, Brethren Church. Robert was presented both 
the Master of Divinity degree and the degree of 
Master of Arts in Religion with major in pastoral 
counseling and psychology. 

Richard Craver, originally from Barnesboro, Pa., 
is a former member of the Pittsburgh Brethren 
Church. Since July 1976 Richard has served as 
pastor of the Highland Brethren Church of 
Marianna, Pa., driving to Highland on weekends 
during the school year. Following graduation, 
Richard and his family moved to Pennsylvania 
where he continues to serve as pastor at Highland. 
Richard received the Master of Divinity degree. 

John Edwards, Jr., is from New Lebanon, Ohio, 
where he is a member of the New Lebanon 
Brethren Church. John received the Master of 
Divinity degree. He plans to take a pastorate or 
associate pastorate position in the Brethren 

Robert Payne, Jr., is from Nitro, West Virginia, 
where he was a member of the Sattes Community 

Church. He is presently a member of the Garber 
Brethren Church where he served as student- 
pastor for the past two years. He has resigned 
from the Garber Church and plans to take another 
Brethren pastorate. He also hopes to continue his 
studies toward a Doctor's degree. Bob received 
the Master of Divinity degree from ATS. 

Dr. Clayton honored 
at AC commencement 

Retiring Ashland College president Glenn L. 
Clayton was presented an honorary Doctor of 
Humane Letters degree at Ashland College com- 
mencement exercises May 15th. 

Dr. Clayton was also granted the honor of 
president emeritus, which was conferred on him 
by former AC president Dr. Raymond W. Bixler. 

The Doctor of Humane Letters degree was be- 
stowed upon Dr. Clayton by Calvin Rogers, pro- 
fessor of music. Rogers cited the president's long 
and many-faceted career in education saying, "This 
breadth of experience in education is matched 
only by his dedication to the youth of America 
and their intellectual and spiritual growth. . . . 
No area of the college has escaped his impact." 

These honors were bestowed upon Dr. Clayton 
as he presided over his final graduating class at 
Ashland College. 

After receiving his degree. Dr. Clayton addressed 
the graduating class on the subject of "Stations 
or Terminals." He compared their achievement 
to his retirement, using his speech to say goodby 
to his AC family. 

"You will have graduated after today, and I 
will soon have retired as president of Ashland 
College," Dr. Clayton said. "Neither you nor I can 
quit or rest secure and satisfied that we have 
achieved a great milestone and therefore someone 
owes us a place in life. If we do, we shall soon 
find the effect of our work to be waning in im- 
portance, and life will pass us by. 

"Rather, we must look ahead, you to new efforts 
in graduate study or constructive work, and I to 
a change of interest and objectives which will 
challenge me to new areas of service." 

After his address. Dr. Clayton conferred degrees 
on each of this year's 398 graduates. This brought 
the total number of graduates to whom Dr. 
Clayton has conferred degrees during his 29 
years as president of Ashland College to more 
than 6000. 


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Louis Gough 

J. Ray Klingensmith 

Louis Gough retires " 

Ashland, Ohio — Dr. Louis Gough, professor of 
New Testament theology at Ashland Theological 
Seminary, retired in June. Dr. Gough joined the 
ATS faculty in 1968. 

Prior to coming to Ashland, Dr. Gough was vice 
president for academic administration and dean 
of faculty at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. 
He also taught at St. Lawrence University, Warner 
Pacific College, and Anderson College Theological 
Seminary. He was president of Warner Pacific 
College from 1961 to 1966. 

Since retiring in June, Dr. Gough and his wife, 
Lucille, have moved to Springfield, Missouri. Dr. 
Gough plans to spend his retirement doing some 
writing, and he will also teach occasionally in 
guest lectureships. He will also continue as pro- 
fessor emeritus of Ashland Theological Seminary 
and will remain a board member of the Ashland 
Theological Seminary Foundation. 

Crusader/ Intern changes 
noted by BCE 

Ashland, Ohio — The Board of Christian Education 
has announced three changes in Crusader/Intern 
program personnel for this summer. 

Wayne Grumbling and Carol French have re- 
signed their assignments on the Camp and Educa- 
tion B units. Filling the Camp position is Deborah 
Hill, age 22, from the Highland, Pa., Brethren 
Church. Bobbi Miller, 19, from the Goshen, Ind., 
Brethren Church will complete the Education B 

It has become necessary to cancel the internship 
at Herndon, Va., involving Bobbi Miller and Joan 
Holsinger. Joan has been reassigned to an educa- 
tional internship with Brethren House in St. 
Petersburg, Fla., under the direction of Rev. Phil 
Lersch and Bonnie Munson. 

Klingensmith given 
honorary doctorate 

Ashland, Ohio — Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith was 
presented the honorary degree of Doctor of 
Humanities by Ashland College at commencement 
ceremonies held here on May 15th. Rev. Klingen- 
smith has been a Bible teacher at Ashland College 
since 1956. 

Rev. Klingensmith, who is retiring from AC 
this year, was also given the honor of professor 

Dr. Donald Rinehart, chairman of the religion 
department, presented the degree to Rev. Klingen- 
smith. In doing so, he cited Klingensmith's service 
to God and community first as pastor, then as 
denominational leader in the Brethren Church, and 
finally as a Bible teacher at Ashland College. 

"There are few men who have the gift to make 
the Bible come to life as does this man," Rinehart 
said. "Literally hundreds of individuals have been 
introduced to the Christian faith through his 

This is the third degree Dr. Klingensmith has 
received from Ashland College. He received his 
Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland in 1931 and 
his Bachelor of Theology degree for his work at 
Ashland Theological Seminary in 1934. 

This year marks Klingensmith's 50th year in 
the ministry. He began his full-time ministry in 
1927, when he was a freshman at Ashland College. 
This ministry was at a mission in the northern 
part of Ashland. This work has now grown into 
two large and successful churches. He is presently 
serving a church in E. Homerville, Ohio, where 
he has been pastor for more than eleven years. 

Rev. Klingensmith has held over 100 revival 
and evangelistic meetings in Brethren churches. 
Many of our younger ministers have been ordained 
by him, and many of our churches were dedicated 
through his ministry. 

From 1940 to 1945, Rev. Klingensmith was 
General Secretary of the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, during the crisis years of the 
church's missionary program. In 1953 he became 
pastor of the Washington, D.C., Brethren Church, 
where he served until he came to Ashland in 1956. 

In his 22 years at Ashland, Klingensmith taught 
both at the college and at the seminary. He also 
served as chairman of the Bible department at AC 
from 1968 to 1974. 

This fall. Dr. Klingensmith will begin a special 
ministry to some churches in Indiana, Ohio, and 
other areas. He will be visiting in churches pas- 
tored by some of his former college and seminary 
students. In these visits he will stress church 
renewal, Bible teaching, and evangelism. He will 
also work with the young pastors, helping them to 
program their teaching, preaching, and total 
church ministry. Klingensmith and his wife, 
Christine, plan to live in their motorhome while 
visiting these churches and pastors. 

July 1977 



Royce Gales named fire chief 

Ashland, Ohio — "Being retired, and having a part- 
time job, gives me the time to do what I've w^anted 
to do all my Ufe." For Royce Gates, that means 
helping people. 

Royce was one of four Ashland County residents 
elected to participate in the Ohio statewide Senior 
Citizens' Day May 17. He served as fire chief 
for the day. 

Also honored that day at a dinner for senior 
citizens over 90 years old were Park Street Church 
regulars Mrs. Electra Zimmerman and Mr. and 
Mrs. A. Glenn Carpenter. 

Royce is active in the Park Street Church as a 
deacon, member of the stewardship committee, 
and scheduler for "the Care Line" telephone min- 
istry. He is also involved in the Ashland Lions 
Club and often drives other senior citizens to the 
airport, doctors' appointments, and so forth. 

Concerning senior citizens, Royce said, "We're a 
minority in the country. And in the church we're 
a minority. But I like to think there is a lot of 
wisdom we can share and a lot of work we can do." 

"Now I know if we're going to fill the church, 
we're going to have to fill it with the youth," he 
said. "But they're gonna be senior citizens, too, 

When asked how the church could best make 
use of senior citizens, Royce said, "There's a lot 
of volunteer work we can do. Not just in the 
church building, but even helping the man next 
door. He might not be a member of my church. 
He might not be a member of any church, so if I 
help him, I'm witnessing to him." 

He also noted that a group is working to have 
a nationwide Senior Citizens' Day proclaimed next 
year. Then added, "When I'm sitting in the 
President's seat next year, you better behave 

15 is deadline for 
Senior Citizen nominations 

Ashland, Ohio — The July 15 deadline for sub- 
mitting Senior Citizen nominations is approaching 
rapidly. Churches should be certain their nomina- 
tions are postmarked no later than midnight, 
July 15. 

Nomination forms for "Senior Citizen of the 
Year" and the "Senior Citizen Church Award" 
should be filled out completely. Especially im- 
portant are sections giving the reasons for the 

All local nominees submitted for national con- 
sideration will be honored at a banquet during 
General Conference. Awards will be presented at 
that banquet. 

staff Photo 

Royce Gates (left) tries out the fire chief's car 
while AFD Chief Bernard Johnson looks on. 

Dutchess Senior Citizen of Year 
at Kokomo Brethren Church 

Kokomo, Ind. — February 13-20 was Senior Citizens 
Week at the Kokomo First Brethren Church. 
During that week various activities were held in 
honor of the church's senior citizens, including a 
carry-in dinner on February 13 and a lunch at the 
International Smorgasbord in Kokomo on the 19th. 

During the week the seniors also received cards 
and phone calls from other church people. 

On Sunday morning, February 20th, Mr. William 
Dutchess was honored as the Senior Citizen of 
the Year of the Kokomo First Brethren Church. 
Mr. Dutchess is a deacon of the church, and he 
has held numerous other church offices. He is 
also very active in the Cass County area. He and 
his wife, Madge, have five children and four 

Clarence Surbey and Kenny Jones were the 
runners-up for the Senior Citizen of the Year 
award. Each of these men was presented a bouquet. 
Each of the other 17 senior citizens of the church 
was presented a certificate in honor of this special 


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Let's welcome new AC President Schultz 

by Ron Waters 

Denominational leaders had their first oppor- 
tunity to meet new Ashland College President 
Arthur L. Schultz on Friday, May 13. Dr. Schultz 
took time from a busy one-day visit to Ashland 
for a brief period of introduction and sharing 
with board executives and the General Conference 

We were impressed by his sincere interest in 
the Brethren Church and its relationship to the 
college. He noted that while he was president 
of Albright College (a church-related school in 
Pennsylvania), he related the expectations of the 
church to the college. As a result, he commented, 
"I always had the church with me." 

He also noted that he is concerned that the 

Sarver. Pa., site 

of new Brethren work 

Sarver, Pa. — A new Brethren work has been start- 
ed in this western Pennsylvania town. The first 
Sunday school and Sunday morning worship ser- 
vice were held on Easter Sunday morning, April 
10, 1977. Thirty-three people attended these first 
Sunday services. 

These morning services were the outgrowth of 
midweek meetings which started more than a 
year ago. These meetings began with two primary 
seed families — the Ken Knabb family, formerly 
of the Pleasant View (Vandergrift) Brethren 
Church and the Chet McAfoose family of the 
Brush Valley Brethren Church. Neighboring 
Brethren pastors — Rev. Norman Long, Rev. 
Thomas Kidder, and Rev. William Walk — took 
turns leading these midweek services. 

Services continue to be held weekly, both on 
Sunday morning and at midweek.^Ed Wingard, a 
chemical engineer for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, is 
serving as part-time pastor for the group. The 
services are being held in the basement of the 
Knabb home. 

Survey work was done in the area on two week- 
ends in May. This was done under the supervision 
of Arden E. Gilmer, Director of Home Missions. 
People from the Sarver group were encouraged 
by the help they received from people from the 
Pittsburgh, Brush Valley, and Pleasant View 
Brethren Churches. Several good contacts resulted 
from the survey which will be followed up by the 
Sarver group in their weekly visitation. 

Sarver is located in the southeast corner of 
Butler County, Pa., about ten miles southeast 
of the city of Butler and about 20 miles northeast 
of Pittsburgh. 

teaching staff in a church-related college be sym- 
pathetic to the Christian faith. 

Throughout the meeting, as leaders shared 
their concerns for the college and thoughts on its 
potential for service to the Brethren Church, Dr. 
Schultz listened attentively and indicated favorable 
agreement. He said he hoped that working togeth- 
er we might see "a church-related college and a 
college-related church." 

At the close of the meeting, he shared that he 
and his wife Louise were happy to know they 
would be among people who also believe in the 
power of prayer and who would uphold them in 
their prayers. Then he led the group in closing 

(Mrs. Schultz has made a rapid recovery follow- 
ing her recent surgery. Dr. Schultz expressed 
thanks for the prayers of the Brethren.) 

During the past several years, there have been 
times when many have wondered whether Ashland 
College stood with the Brethren Church or against 
it. But now it is time to put those feelings behind 
us and rally to support the new president. He 
has many challenges before him as he begins his 
new ministry. Each president of a college even- 
tually leaves his mark on the institution, but it 
takes patient, concerted effort, and a healthy dose 
of time. 

So let us join together in specific prayer for 
Dr. Schultz. I would encourage you to write him, 
telling him of your personal, prayerful support 
and encouragement. (You may address him in 
care of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Dr. Schultz has also placed a high priority on 
being present for General Conference. He will be 
meeting with several auxiliaries during the week 
following his formal introduction to the Conference 
Tuesday morning. You will have opportunity to 
become acquainted with him then. 

Brethren Publishing Connpany 
Annual Corporation Meeting 

The annual corporation meeting of the Brethren 
Publishing Company will be held Tuesday, August 
16, during the 10:00 a.m. (EDT) business session 
of the General Conference of the Brethren Church. 
The meeting will be held in the John C. Myers 
Convocation Center, Ashland College, Ashland, 

Delegates to the General Conference constitute 
the membership of the corporation. 

— W. St. Clair Benshoff, President 

July 1977 



Fishing for Men 
tn Medellin 

Ken Solomon shares a "fishernnan's story" 
■from the field in Colonnbia, South America. 

AFTER returning from a fishing trip, 
the fisherman is often heard to brag 
about the big one that got away. Each time 
he repeats the story, the fish that got away 
seems to grow in size until, finally, it 
borders on the impossible. 

The missionary fisherman normally does 
just the opposite. He only reports the "big" 
ones he caught. This makes for more inter- 
esting reading, provides better stimulus for 
giving, and makes the missionary fisher- 
man appear more successful. 

But I feel led to break with this "tradi- 
tional" practice in order to give a complete 
and true picture of what really is taking 
place. Thus, I shall share with you both 
the failures and successes, the joys and the 
frustrations, of a missionary's ministry. 
This I do with the expressed purpose of 
soliciting your further prayer support on 
behalf of those mentioned in this report. 

The fish that got away 

Hernando is an example of the many 
young men evangelized in our neighborhood 
of La Castellana. He is a nice-looking 
Colombian youth of about 20 years of age. 
He is fatherless, a student, intelligent, and 
a good ping-pong player. 

Hernando has been on our hook various 
times, for he is searching for something 
better, but he always eats off the bait and 
gets away. He would be a big catch because 

he quite evidently has influence with the 
many, many youth of our barrio (neighbor- 
hood). But, as yet, we have not caught him 
in the net of salvation with the hook of 
God's love and His word. 

Sunday afternoon, January 9, 1977, was 
the last time we had the tremendous frus- 
tration of failing to hook this big one. Jorge 
Dario Avendano, our first convert in 
Medellin, had Hernando on the hook as 
he witnessed to him, but Hernando finally 
escaped again with these words: "I prob- 
ably would be better off and happier if I 
accepted what you are offering me, but I 
have chosen this life I am now living, and 
I am not as yet willing to give it up." 

He further expressed his hope that God 
would be available when and if he decides 
to accept Him. We told him that of this 
he could not be certain. Even this did not 
cause him to change his mind. How sad! 
Another failure in the fishing business. 
Pray for Hernando that he may soon be 

Four youths — Jose, Luis, and two named 
Jaime — reminded me of Daniel and his three 
friends — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedne- 
go — when I first met them. I saw their 
determination "not to defile themselves," 
but to be different and to yield to the call 
of the Lord. But I was soon disillusioned 
once again. Even though they voluntarily 
accepted the bait and became hooked on 


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Missionary Ken Solomon baptizes 1 of the 17 
new members added to the Brethren Church in 
Colombia at the end of 1976. 

the Lord instead of on drugs, and even 
though they were wilhng to go all the way 
and be baptized, they have gotten away. 
We never see them in our Bible studies or 
prayer meetings. If we want to talk with 
them, we must go to them on the street 
where a gang is present. We just can't get 
them securely caught in the net of the 

Possibly they are like those Jesus de- 
scribed in His parable of the different soils : 
"They on the rock are they, which, when 
they hear, receive the word with joy; and 
these have no root, which for a while be- 
lieve, and in time of temptation fall away" 
(Luke 8:13). Be that the cause or some- 
thing else, the fact remains that they got 

Having temporarily caught such fine 
specimens of Colombian youth had raised 
our hopes for a tremendous catch in the 
future. But, to our great frustration, they 
got away — at least for now. Please pray 
for the two Jaimes and for Jose and Luis! 

Space does not permit us to mention the 
long list of fish that got away and are still 
swimming in the sea of sin, far from the 
net of God's love, salvation, and grace, or of 
those who have died "out of grace" after 
having tasted of the "heavenly gift" (He- 
brews 6:4). But with joy I turn to the 
positive part of this report and praise the 
Lord that not all is negative. 

The fish that did not gef away 

Praise the Lord (and the glory is all His) 
we can report of some 100 fish which have 
been caught during the three years of fish- 
ing for the Lord and the Brethren Church 
here in Medellin, Colombia. 

We recognized that we would not be fol- 
lowing the example set by those great fish- 
ermen — Christ, Peter, Philip, Paul, and 
others — if we concentrated only upon 
catching the children and youth of our own 
barrio. So we continued the practice of 
seeking to catch fish of all ages, sexes, 
classes, and creeds in order to fulfill our 
calling to be fishers of men. 

Sunday, the 12th day of the 12th month 
of 1976, at 12:00 noon, three MedeHin 
businessmen were immersed in the very 
cold, crystal-clear waters of a mountain 
stream high above the city of Medellin. 
Manuel Pacheco, one of our lay-evangelists, 
had been the main fisherman used of the 
Lord to fish this impressive catch. 

Elias Garcia, the director of a business, 
had made his profession of faith some time 
previous and was holding Bible studies in 
his office in the center of town. But, as he 
testified, "I asked the Lord for an extension 
of time to continue to enjoy my old life of 
women, parties, drink, and my old friends. 
But now I am convinced that my time is 
up, that today — the 12th of December — is 
for me the 'day of salvation.' So I want to 

July 1977 


be baptized and go all the way with the 

His marriage was soon to be dissolved 
if he did not change his way of living. His 
wife had insisted that he see a psychiatrist. 
And so, because of his great love for his 
wife and sons, he did decide to see the very 
best psychiatrist in the business, the Lord 
Jesus Christ. God had used Manuel to intro- 
duce Elias to this Divine Physician. 

Elias hired a taxi to take us (Manuel, 
himself, his two associates, and me) to a 
secluded mountain spot which, for some 
time, had been his place of spiritual retreat. 
While there, after a time of Bible study and 
prayer, the two associates also decided to 
go all the way with the Lord and be bap- 
tized. So this businessman of 30 years of 
age and his two associates — Francisco, 33, 
and Mario, 24 — were confirmed in the 
Apostolic faith by water baptism. 

After three years of fishing, accompanied 
by much prayer, we were richly rewarded 
by the conversion of two of our neighbors, 
Mrs. Synhar Ruiz (a young mother of three 
children) and her youngest daughter — 16 
year old Maria Cristina. Since they had 
never seen a baptismal service, they were 
invited to witness one, so as to encourage 
them to take the step of obedience also. But, 
to our surprise, they replied to the invita- 
tion: "We won't go as witnesses but as 
baptismal candidates, for we, too, want to 
go all the way with the Lord." 

You have to know the circumstances and 
have worked with converted Roman Cath- 
olics to understand the importance of this 
decision and the possible repercussions that 
may come to them from family, relatives, 
and friends. 

Mrs. Synhar Ruiz and her daughter were 
baptized during the last week of December 
along with three others. This made a total 
of 17 additions to the Colombian Brethren 
Church in this month of ministry and 
brought the total to 53 for the entire year. 
We praise the Lord for these spiritual fish- 
ing results. 

We are not satisfied, however, and are 
expecting even greater results this year as 
we seek to "launch out into the deep and 
let down our nets" by more intensive mass 
evangelism through the use of a mobile 
evangelistic van. We trust the Lord and His 
people to provide this for our use. 

There is also the interesting experience 
with a Puerto Rican businessman in the 
month of November. I had just spent five 
long and boring hours in the Call airport 
awaiting a flight. The delay was caused by 
a "slow-down" strike of the pilots. 

It wasn't until after the flight to Medellin, 
and really not until after an hour of con- 
versation with Fidel Vails in his hotel room 
the next morning, that I fully realized the 
reason for the Lord having detained me. 
It was in order to make possible this con- 
tact for Him. + 

Fidel was my seat companion, and though 
he has to fly often in his business, he is 
very frightened by flying. The palms of his 
hands were wet with nervous perspiration, 
and he admitted to "saying the rosary" and 
praying while listening to me witness about 
spiritual matters. 

Fidel is a handsome young man with a 
great future before him. He has a lovely wife 
and daughter and is in partnership with his 
father-in-law, who treats him just like a 
son. He also owns two private schools and 
is financially secure and prospering. Never- 
theless, he was quite unhappy. According 
to him, he had long since lost his faith. 
And now he was about to lose his wife to 
another man. 

He had gone to Cali to visit a girl friend, 
but he found his thoughts were constantly 
on his wife and little daughter. God was 
preparing him for our meeting. And in his 
hotel room in the center of Medellin, shortly 
before he continued his trip toward his 
home in Puerto Rico, Fidel became a son of 
God. He went on his way rejoicing that he 
now had Someone who would help him solve 
his family problems. Someone who would 
give him a worthy purpose to live for and 
a living faith by which to live and die. 

Praise the Lord with me, and pray with 
me for Fidel and for the many "Fidels" who 
as yet have not had an encounter with the 
living Christ. Pray that someone may reach 
them before it is too late. Your prayers, 
personnel, and pesos for missions just might 
make this possible for many more lost souls 
than you can imagine. 

I could go on and on and on. I could tell 
you about Alonso, the young bank employee, 
and his brother-in-law Jorge, who are now 
studying the word of the Lord with us as 


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a result of a persistent tract ministry and 
followup. I could tell the very interesting 
story of Jairo, owner of a large farm and 
father of four, who requested a three-day 
spiritual retreat with the missionary in 
order to "seek more of the Lord" and to 
seek His help in solving his marital 

It is also exciting to recall the beginning 
of a ministry to a Colombian singer by the 
name of Juan Pena and to his lovely wife. 

Then there is the interesting ministry to 
my fellow "Lions" of the Lions Club of 
Medellin; to the hotel personnel of the 
Europa-Normandie ; to the check-out per- 

sonnel of the supermarket each week. And 
there is the ministry to many in furniture 
stores, banks, and post offices, as well as 
to shoeshine boys and street vendors who 
have become our friends and eagerly await 
the tracts we take them. And we must not 
forget our Christian brothers in jail. 

You have made possible these ventures in 
fishing by becoming partners with us in 
our ministry. And those fish that are being 
caught are a result of your loving concern 
and willingness to share. Can we depend 
upon you, partner, to keep this fishing 
business for the Lord going during the year 
ahead? Q 

Miranda on Special Assignment 

Juan Carlos Miranda's total experiences to date 
have prepared him well for his assignment as 
Director of Hispanic Ministries in the Department 
of Church Growth at Fuller Evangelistic Associa- 
tion. His extensive experience as a teacher and 
pastor both in the United States and Argentina, 
as a director of an institute and a publishing 
house, and as owner of a business have rounded 
out his life. He is qualified to relate to both 
American and Latin American cultures. 

Juan just recently returned from Venezuela 
where he conducted a Church Growth Workshop 
with over sixty pastors attending. The workshop 
has been followed by three regional, family 
evangelistic crusades. This plan of linking church 
growth training with mass evangelism was first 
used in Rosario, Argentina, last year and is 
being employed in the Dominican Republic as 
well as Venezuela this year. 

Earlier this spring Reverend Miranda was in 
Mexico City conducting the first Spanish High 
Intensity Church Growth Seminar held in Latin 
America. Over 200 participants were involved. 
This seminar was modeled on the type of train- 
ing given annually in the Doctor of Ministries 
level course at Fuller Seminary and at the Coral 
Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida. 

When not in other countries advancing church 
growth techniques, our former missionary to 
Argentina continues his work in Hispanic min- 
istries in California. One of his concerns is to 
train and develop existing Spanish churches in 
the Southern California area so that they can 
reach out to Spanish-speaking communities with 
the gospel. 

Juan Carlos Miranda 

The Miranda family has been residing in the 
Pasadena area since July 1976. The Brethren 
Church continues to underwrite the salary of 
Juan as he serves in this special ministry. Your 
constant prayers for his work and his family as 
he travels extensively would be appreciated. 

New "Missionary" 

David and Jenny Loi announce the birth of 
their first son, Stephen Loi, on May 17, 1977. 

July 1977 


christian education 

An Invifation to Excellence 

Fred Burkey introduces the new Association 
for Brethren Church Teachers. 

riE Board of Christian Education of the 
Brethren Church is pleased to announce 
formation of the "Association of Brethren 
Church Teachers" (ABCT). ABCT is de- 
signed to directly benefit Sunday school 
teachers and superintendents, members of 
local, district, and denominational Boards 
of Christian Education, BYC advisors, and 
professional church workers. 

The association will promote quality 
instruction in Brethren Sunday schools by 
providing members with selected resource 
materials and by sponsoring regional train- 
ing seminars. Initially, the resources which 
will be available to all members will include : 
an annual subscription to a quarterly 
periodical (probably Standard's Key to 
Christian Education) ; and a quarterly 
newsletter featuring teaching resources, 
curriculum information, news of other 
Brethren educational and youth programs. 

Special Luncheon 


Christian Educators 

Introducing the Association 
of Brethren Church Teachers 

August 17, 1977 


announcements of training opportunities, 
and other timely items. Occasional "bonus" 
mailings may also be sent. 

Eventually, we hope to offer members 
additional benefits such as incentive dis- 
counts on selected teaching materials and 
reduced rates on denominationally spon- 
sored ICL seminars and clinics. 

A key feature of the association will be 
the attempt to bring quality teacher/ 
leader training to your doorstep. Regional 
training seminars will be scheduled annually 
in cooperation with the district Boards of 
Christian Education and promoted through 
the available media. Skilled professionals 
will be employed to conduct seminars on 
topics reflecting the needs and interests of 
the membership. Tuition for the seminars 
will be discounted for members of the 
Association of Brethren Church Teachers. 

We believe that the ABCT can be a useful 
and dynamic force in a growing Brethren 
Church. It will provide opportunities for 
comradeship and sharing among lay and 
professional leaders at all organizational 
levels. Further, through direct contacts with 
the people who do the day-by-day work with 
the Sunday schools and youth groups, needs 
may more readily be identified and satisfied. 

Ultimately, the goal of the association is 
the improvement of the "disciple-making" 
process in Brethren churches. 

Teachers, departmental and general su- 
perintendents, youth advisors, BCE mem- 
bers at all levels, and professional leaders 
are invited to an introductory ABCT 
luncheon Wednesday, August 17, 1977, 
during General Conference. The exact loca- 
tion and pre-registration materials will be 
sent to all the churches prior to Conference. 

Join us for this important introductory 
meeting. For more information, write the 
BCE office. D 

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church growth forum 

by Arden Gilmer 

Incorporating New Members 
into the Church 

What does "belonging" to a church mean? What 
is involved in "belonging" to a church? 

Does it "just happen" when new members are 
given "the right hand of Christian fellowship." 
Belonging involves much more than having the 
pastor formally shake the hand of the new mem- 
ber in front of the rest of the congregation. 

We all know that some people go through public 
profession of faith, baptism, and the act of re- 
ceiving the right hand of Christian fellowship, 
but never really become functioning members of 
the church. They are "paper" members — their 
names are on the membership role, but they do 
not become "real" members. We often say that 
they have slipped out the back door. Isn't the 
church responsible to ask what could have been 
done to assimilate these new members into the 
functioning congregation? 

Lyle Schaller, a church planner, consultant, and 
insightful writer, says that every congregation is 
composed of two circles of people. One circle is 
within the other. The larger, outer circle is called 
the membership circle, and the inner circle is 
called the fellowship circle. 

When new people join the church, they are 
welcomed into the membership circle, but when 
they attempt to move into the fellowship circle, 
they often are rebuffed or ignored. Seldom are 
they invited into the fellowship circle by those 
who are already a part of it. The fellowship circle 
makes the decisions about the church. If new 
people, with their new ideas, become a part of the 
fellowship circle and try to be a part of the 
decision making, conflict often occurs. The conflict 
comes about as the older members cOme to realize 
that change will take place. 

For example, one minister in a resort commun- 
ity recently was caught in a classic conflict be- 
tween established leaders of the congregation and 
the new people who had come in as a result of 
new growth. The longer-term members of the 
church said, "We like things the way they are," 
and they found reasons for the pastor to leave. 
It's easy to assume that the newer members also 

felt unwanted. Their new ideas were viewed with 
skepticism and were often rejected on an emo- 
tional level without rational consideration. 

New people joining the church go through a 
crucial process known as "socialization." How the 
church handles this process has a direct bearing 
on what role the new members will decide to 
take, how active they will be, and how committed 
they will be. It has an important effect on the 
subsequent attitudes and behavior of the new 

An effective, well designed, attractively present- 
ed new members' class is an essential part of this 
socialization process. Through this class the new 
members should receive a motivating and inter- 
esting orientation to the church, which will gen- 
erate excitement for and commitment to the work 
of the church. For new members to be incorporated 
into the church, they must discover where they 
can fit into the church's ministry and how they 
can contribute to the church as it fulfills it's min- 
istry goals. As a part of the class they need to 
begin to develop warm, personal relationships not 
only with the pastor and other new members, but 
also with the established members and groups of 
the church. 

Who should take the initiative in this process? 
Obviously, the church needs to be prepared to 
incorporate new Christians and new members into 
it's body, with the result that the new people feel 
that they belong. One church designed a program 
which assigned a husband and wife to a new fam- 
ily. They were responsible to lead the new family 
through basic Bible studies and to build a personal 
relationship with them by having them in their 
home and by combining family outings and social 
times. As a result, the new family was not only 
disciplined in the Word, but also incorporated into 
the Body through the socialization process. The 
process did not happen automatically, but came 
about because the church consciously prepared 
itself to build new members into the functioning 

How well is your church prepared to incorporate 
new members? 

How well a church draws new members in+o 
the fabric of the church has a direct bearing 
on the role the new member will take in the 

July 1977 


auxiliary programs for august 

30 Signal Lights Program 

3 I Sisterhood Program 

33 SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 


signal lights 


written by 
Alherta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: Walking with Jesus 

Bock to Heoven 

The friends of Jesus saw Him many times after 
He arose from tlie dead. He walked with them. 
He visited them in their homes. He ate with them. 

Then one day He met with them on a mountain 
near Bethany. "My work on earth is over," He 
said. "I'm going to heaven. I'll be there with my 
heavenly Father. Someday I'll come back and 
take all of you who believe to Heaven with me." 

"But Jesus," said someone. "Thei'e's much work 
to be done. Many people do not yet know about 

"That's right," agreed Jesus. "And this is the 
work I want you to do. I want you to tell everyone 
in Jerusalem, in the whole country — yes, even in 
the whole world — about God's love and about Me. 
My spirit will be with you wherever you are. And 
remember, someday I'll be back for you." 

While Jesus was speaking, He slowly began to 
rise from the ground into the air. The clouds part- 
ed. He continued to rise. The clouds came together 
again, and Jesus was out of sight. 

The people just stood there. They were amazed. 

Then two angels appeared in the sky. "Don't 
just stand there!" they said. "Jesus told you the 
work He wants you to do. Go and do it. He will 
be back. He'll come back from the sky just as 
He went into it." 

The people smiled. They laughed out loud. 
"Jesus will be back!" they said. "Come, we must 
tell others about Him!" 

Some ran down the mountainside to share the 
good news. Others walked more slowly. They 
were thinking of the things that had happened 
that day. They were planning to go to many places 
to tell the people of God's great love. 

They were all filled with joy. Jesus would be 

—Based on Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:8-12 

Memory Time: This same Jesus which is taken 
up from you into heaven shall so come in like 
manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 

—Acts 1:11b 

Project: Sunday School in Malaysia 

We Will Pray 

After work Too May's father walked to the Loi's Mr. Loi came to greet him. "I'm so glad you 

house and knocked on the door. came. Please sit down." 

Mrs. Loi opened it. "We are sorry Too May has told you she will 

"Hello," she said. "How nice to see you. Come be a Christian," said Father. "We cannot allow it. 

in." She must worship our family gods." 

While Too May's father removed his shoes and "Since you have not heard the complete story 

entered, Mrs. Loi called, "David, Too May's father of Jesus, I understand how you feel," said Mr. 

is here." , (continued on page 32) 


The Brethren Evangelist 


prepared by 
Romayne Flora 

"Every day I will bless thee." Psalm 145:2a RSV 

What Sisterhood Means to Me 

As a young girl of this Twentieth Century, 
which holds so many glittering allurements, I 
stand and call forth to the Christian Church and 
ask of it that it give me something substantial, 
something fine and pure, something in which I 
can use my talents to the glory of God, something 
which will take the place of all the worthless 
things of the world in my life. As an answer, the 
Brethren Church has placed before me the oppor- 
tunity to become a member of the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha, and this opportunity I gladly 

In Sisterhood I am first given an example — the 
lives of devotion and service lived by Mary and 
Martha to whose home Jesus was so glad to go. 
So Sisterhood calls forth from me a devotion and 
service to be rendered to my Lord and Savior 
like as to theirs. 

Then Sisterhood issues a challenge — to "Do 
God's Will." It requires that I be "a vessel fit for 
the Master's use," ever ready to follow at His 
call and to abide by His commands. His will must 
hold sway over mine. 

By the Covenant, Sisterhood inspires in me an 
interest in the girls less fortunate than myself 
and teaches me to pray for their salvation. It 
brings forth from me a sense of gratitude for the 
blessing which I am daily enjoying. It exhorts me 
to live a life of prayer, to be in constant com- 
munion with my Lord. 

The Benediction teaches me that I must praise 
my Lord, continually everyday must I praise 
Him. Surely His mercies are great, and my praise 
is also the expression of my gratitude. 

Still, going beyond this. Sisterhood makes it 
possible for me to do a definite work. Its goals, 
which I may help my society in reaching, are 
ideals. They inspire me to greater service. 

Sisterhood keeps ever before the eyes of my 
mind and heart the need of the mission field. 
Sisterhood makes known to me that truly "the 
harvest is white and the laborers are few"; that 
Christ commanded us to "go and teach all nations." 
Through the mission study books I come to realize 
the need and also learn of the remedies which 
God's great love makes possible. I have the 
opportunity to share in this work by rolling ban- 
dages, by giving my money to help in the support 
of the missionaries' children, and also by preparing 
for them a home for their use when on furlough. 

In the devotional meeting, the prayer meeting, 

the business session, and the social part of the 
meetings, therefore, I am receiving instruction 
which will help me to live a real consecrated 
Christian life and to render service to my Lord 
and my fellow-woman. Yes, most certainly in 
Sisterhood I am being placed, as it were, at the 
feet of the Master and being taught of Him the 
greatness of His love and power. 

So to Sisterhood, the organization of true and 
consecrated young women ever striving to "Do 
God's Will," I will pledge my allegiance, realizing 
that by doing so I will receive strength to follow 
Paul's great exhortations in Romans 12:1 and 2. 

What does Sisterhood mean to you? 

Purpose of Sisterhood 

If we are going to do the best work as Sister- 
hood girls, we should understand the purpose of 
the organization. Why do you have a Sisterhood 
society in your church? Why should all Christian 
girls of the church be held in Sisterhood work? 

Let us first find what Sisterhood is not. The 
S.M.M. is not a social club. The Sisterhood is not 
a money-making organization. It is not primarily 
a service club. If the spirit of your Sisterhood has 
been ruled by any of these ideas, turn in your 
Bible to Luke 10:38-42 and read the incident on 
which our purpose is founded. Pray that God may 
show you the true spirit of Sisterhood. 

Sisterhood is organized that Christian girls may 
learn more about Christ their Savior and manifest 
their love for him in devotion and missionary ser- 
vice. Our monthly meetings are held principally 
for a devotional program. As a missionary society, 
we do our bit that others may learn about our 
Savior too. In that way service does have a part in 
our work. When we roll bandages, help the poor, 
send help to Kentucky, we do so to honor our 

The social time has its place in Sisterhood. You 
ought to plan to have good times together. You 
ought to have a few good games at each meeting. 
But remember! do not make that the chief attrac- 
tion or reason for your meeting. 

Money considerations should not be wholly ex- 
cluded, but they have a secondary place. It is 

(continued on next page) 

July 1977 


fine to make gifts to the church fund, to help 
supply the local church needs, but do not degrade 
your organization into a money-making circle. It 
is true that you will want money to support the 
work of the National Sisterhood and your mission 
projects. Encourage your members to tithe, to 
give freely as God has given to them. It is not the 
amount that you give, but the spirit and sacrifice 
in which it is given that counts. 

Reprinted from the February 1931 WOMAN'S OUTLOOK. 





We are very human, each one of us, in fact so 
extremely human that most of the organizations 
of any serious nature have taken our weaknesses 
into consideration and have therewith endeavored 
to extend a friendly hand to help us over the 
rapids of life and to bring us out of ourselves. The 
degree in which they are able to accomplish this 
depends on our own response to their rules, regu- 
lations and to their Covenant. 

What then is a "Covenant"? It is a definite 
promise; an agreement between you and the 
organization; a solemn compact between all 
members of an organization to maintain its dis- 
cipline and to strive to live true to the promise 
stated in the Covenant or document. In fact, to 
bind one's self by contract that you may feel more 
keenly the principles for which the organization 
stands; that you, too, may feel the oneness of the 
members everywhere and take your stand with 
them to over-rule the fragments of selfish desires 
and human frailties that are likely to overwhelm 
you and engulf you in that sea of misgivings from 
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selfishness. Then, to open our eyes to the needs 
of the world over; to serve God and man, we 
enter into the Covenant and endeavor thereby to 
live more noble lives. 

Need we ask, "Why a Covenant?" It becomes 
evident; to give that strength in union; to make 
it more easy for you to live enriched lives because 
hundreds of other girls are aligned with you in 
this race on life's highway; to walk united through 
the raging storms of life and receive that kind of 
inspiration that can come only through organized 
efforts and through our determination to be ever 
loyal to the terms of contract and to "My 

Reprinted from the August-September 1922 WOIVIAN'S OUTLOOK. 

Signal Lights Program 

(continued from page 30) 

Loi. "Please permit me to come to your home 
tomorrow and explain the Christian way to you 
and your wife." 

"No," said Father. "We have decided we do not 
want you to come back to our house. We do not 
want you to have the neighborhood meetings in 
our yard." 

"I am sorry you will not let us come again," 
said Mr. Loi. 

He picked up a Bible from the table by his chair. 
"This is the Bible I promised Too May. Please, take 
it to her." 

Father stood up and shook his head. "She may 
not have a Christian Bible. Goodby." 

After Father left, Mr. Loi said, "We must pray, 
Jenny. We must pray for Too May. We must pray 
for her parents. We must pray for a new place to 
hold the neighborhood meetings." 

Mr. and Mrs. Loi knelt and began talking to 
God. They knew He would answer their prayers. 

Mr. and Mrs. Loi are our missionaries to the 
Chinese people in Penang, Malaysia. 

They visit different neighborhoods every day to 
tell the boys and girls about Jesus. The children 
are anxious to learn the songs and hear the stories. 
Some of them have accepted Jesus as their Savior. 

The parents do not want the children to become 
Christians. Some of them forbid their children to 
follow Jesus as the parents in our make-believe 
story of Too May did. 

The offerings you have been bringing to Signal 
Lights will be used by the Lois to buy pictures and 
books and other supplies for their neighborhood 

They need our prayers, too. Will you pray for 
them everyday? 

Pray for the children who are attending the 
neighborhood meetings. Pray that they will under- 
stand what a great Savior Jesus is, and that they 
will decide to become a part of God's family. 

Pray for the parents. Pray that they, too, will 
listen to the story of Jesus and become Christians. 

Pray for the Lois. Pray that they will stay well. 
Pray that they will know where God wants them 
to work in Penang. 

Pray everyday! 


The Brethren Evangelist 


General Secretary's Notes 

Living through Pressure 

Dear Sisters, 

As I write to you today, I feel more relaxed and 
at peace than I have for months. I have recently 
finished my third year of college. This whole 
school year has been so hectic and pressure-filled. 
I am thankful that it is all behind me now. When 
I began in September, I knew it would be a tough 
year because I was taking an extra-heavy schedule 
both semesters. I knew I would have to work hard 
and depend on the Lord to give me strength to 
keep pushing toward my goal. And I knew I would 
have to give up some activities and events to have 
time to study, so I was prepared for it. 

My school work was very important to me, and 
I dedicated myself to do my best. Not necessarily 
for the grades, but for the satisfaction that I did 
my best and accomplished all that was asked of 
me. I often was told by friends that I studied too 
much, that I needed more time to relax and have 
fun. It's true — I did, for a normal school year. But 
this year I decided I was going to take more 
classes and get more work done and have less 
fun time. This was my goal, and I had to work 
toward it, to satisfy myself. I didn't really mind 
giving up the activities in which I couldn't par- 
ticipate. My mind was programmed to do it, so that 
was normal for me. 

I realized that my relationships with others 
could not develop and grow as well because of 
my school work demands, and that is one thing 
that did bother me. (You may remember that im- 
proving my interpersonal relationships was one 
of my New Year's goals.) For this reason I looked 
for ways to draw closer to people besides some of 
those unnecessary activities. 

For instance, I always ate lunqh. That took 
some necessary time. I often chose to pack my 
lunch and eat with friends in the Union instead 
of going home for lunch. This way I made some 
new friends with other commuters and became 
closer to some I already knew. 

Another way was to talk to people whenever 
I had a chance. For instance, before classes or at 
a meeting, instead of studying a few minutes 
longer and arriving just in time for it to begin, 
I enjoyed going a few minutes early and talking 
to my neighbors until class began. Those minutes 
became important and began some new friendships 
for me. 

There were times when I would have liked to go 
to something instead of studying, and I'm sure I 
made some wrong decisions. There may be people I 
would have become closer to had I gone. To those 
of you reading this whom I neglected, forgive me. 

To those of you I never made friends with, I'm 
sorry I didn't take the time. But to you whom I 
talked to and got to know better, thank you for 
being there to talk to me. Thank you for our 

Some who were already close to me also suf- 
fered because of my extra work. I'm thinking of 
Jeff and a few other close friends whom I knew 
would still be close even when I didn't spend 
time with them, but studied instead. Forgive me. 
I hope I never do that again. The Lord is another 
one I neglected sometimes. He, of course, has 
stayed close to me and continued to love me, as 
my other friends have. He has shown me that I 
must continue to spend time with Him, no matter 
how busy my schedule is. I must take the time to 
work at drawing nearer to Him. 

My senior year of college will be busy because 
of student teaching and getting married and grad- 
uating. Not as constantly busy as this year has 
been, I hope. I want to concentrate more on getting 
to know people and on loving them more dearly. 

I can't say that I'm sorry this year went as it 
did for me. I set a big goal, and accomplished it. 
I knew other things would suffer — I'm just sorry 
some of my relationships didn't grow as much as 
they might have. 

Do you have a goal in mind, something you want 
to accomplish? Don't let others talk you out of 
it if you think it is the right thing to do. Trust 
in the Lord's guidance and don't neglect Him. Then 
do your best and work toward your goal. You will 
feel proud of yourself for reaching it, or at least 
working diligently toward it. 

I thank God for my experience this year, and 
I will work more on my relationships now that 
school is over. Thank you, girls, for reading and 
for letting me share my thoughts. I hope you can 
benefit from my experience in some way. 

In Him, 
Nancy Ronk 

Up and Coming . . . 

... in the Brethren Evangelist 

In August: 

— Al Shifflett tells about Nappanee's "novel" 

— Dave and Dee Benshoff describe the work of 

July 1977 


finally, brethren 

. . . some thoughts to take with you! 


and the Christian Church 

Gene Hollinger found a parallel while watch- 
ing his popcorn popper. 

A popcorn popper may be the last place you would 
look for an illustration of the Christian life, but let 
me share some thoughts which came to me while 
watching my clear-domed popcorn popper. 

The popcorn kernel (like the old life) is not very 
useful until it undergoes a change. By immersing it 
in oil and fire (Christ and the Holy Spirit), the kernel 
explodes with what's inside of it (new life and pur- 
pose). It is pure and white (purged and cleansed). 

And notice how each kernel has its own way of 
opening. It flowers out, supporting and providing an 
umbrella for those which might bang themselves 
against the side of the container (fellowship, koinonia). 
But not one will serve its purpose unless it gets out of 
its high-temperature incubator and lets someone taste 
of the new life it has just experienced (evangelism). 

Jesus was illustrating nearly the same thing when 
He said, "Except a kernel of grain fall into the ground 
and die, it abides alone : but if it dies, it produces many 
others." A willingness to die, to be expendable, is 
essential for fruit-bearing, life-producing Christians in 
the church today. We must show the same willingness 
to die, to go through the fire, which Jesus, the Apostles, 
and hosts of saints before us had. Their strength and 
life came from dying. May we remember these things 
the next time we plant a seed or pop some popcorn. 

How I enjoyed that bowl of popcorn! Christians 
should enjoy sharing the life of Christ in and out of 
His Church in like manner. 

Rev. Gene Hollinger is pastor of the Gratis, Ohio, Brethren 

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Brethren churches in Indiana for communities with 
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But they have a dream — to start two new Brethren 
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No one likes to be cramped . . . especially 
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But after the family's grown up and on 
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Does your church library 
merely exist, or does it have a 
ministry? Al Shifflett tells about 
Nappanee's book ministry on 
page 4. (Cover photo by John 

Vol. 99. No. 8 

August 1977 

4 Nappanee's Novel Ministry 

Al Shifflett tells how his church's growing library is helping his 
congregation grow as well. 

6 How Does Your Church Library Measure Up? 

Discussion questions to help you evaluate your book ministry. 

"We're Tentmakers!" 

Deanna Benshoff explains how she and her husband Dave found 
deeper service through their tentmaking ministry. 

9 "Be it resolved . . ." 

Richard Winfield surveys some of the actions of General Con- 
ferences since 1900. 

Brethren Church Ministries 

18 Benevolent Care 

Woodfield Terrace new name for retirement community; Book 
review — A Good Age; News — Elderly population up. 

13 Update 

20 Books 

22 Church Growth Forum 

Absorbing New Members. 

23 Auxiliary Materials 
26 Editorial 

It's Time for Positive Action. 

August 1977 

Novel Ministry 

Pastor Alvin Shifflett tells how his church's 
growing library is helping his congregation 

"A book in the hand is worth two on the 
shelf," according to Nappanee Brethren 
Church hbrarian Mrs. Marjorie Sechrist. 

Last year the Nappanee Church con- 
sumed 1859 books. That was an average of 
155 books per month, or 36 books per week. 
If you have a penchant for figures, that 
comes to five books being read every day 
by members and friends of the Nappanee 

The Nappanee Church library ministry 
began on Sunday, February 9, 1958. Rev. 
Virgil Ingraham was pastor. The Board of 
Christian Education recognized the need 
for a source of information and inspirational 
reading for the members of the church. 
It was believed that a reading church is a 
growing church. 

A committee was appointed consisting of 
Mrs. Milo Mellinger, Jr., and Mrs. Dick 
Sechrist. Their assignment: "Establish a 
church library that operates just like a 
public library." As most of you know, this 
was no easy task. Church libraries are gen- 
erally stuck in corners and rarely used by 
congregations. But Pastor Ingraham wanted 
this library to be different — he wanted it 
to be a vital part of the ministry of the 

The beginning of the library was modest. 
Word went out to the congregation to 

donate books, flannelgraph materials, film- 
strips, and anything appropriate for a 
library. On Sunday, September 28, 1958, 
another promotional effort was made to 
obtain literature and teacher aids. Also, 
Mrs. Evelyn Hossler was added to the 
library staff. 

The Nappanee Church library was des- 
tined to be successful. The reason was 
obvious: we had the right people for the 
right jobs. Marjorie Sechrist and Evelyn 
Hossler both worked in the Nappanee Public 

For many years Marjorie Sechrist has 
been chairman of the library committee. 
Herein lies the main reason for the success 
of this novel ministry. Marjorie Sechrist 
loves books and is radiant with enthusiasm. 
Without a doubt she is the best book pusher 
this side of heaven! No one can converse 
with her without soon discovering her 
genuine love and enthusiasm for inspir- 
ational writings. 

Another factor in the library's growth 
and ministry has been our willingness to 
try new ideas — mostly ideas of promotion. 
In January of 1966, a Book-a-Month Club 
was formed. This was a special campaign 
to enlist members and friends of the church 
to read at least one book a month. A chart 
was placed on the wall next to the library 
to list the names of those who read a book 

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Promotion has been one key to the success of the Nappanee Brethren Church Ubrary. Above left, 
several ladies study a spring "Grow with Books" display in the church entry, while inside (right) Mrs. 
Secrist discusses a new book with a regular customer — Pastor Shifflett. The complete card file (below) is 
one example of the orderly administration of the library. (Photos by John D. Rowsey) 

(or books). Beside each reader's name a 
check mark was placed for every book read. 

The Book-a-Month Club was well re- 
ceived. Additional promotion was provided 
through the church newsletters and worship 
bulletins. Then in October 1966 a Library 
Open House was held. By the time 1971 
rolled around, the library was alive and well 
in Nappanee First Brethren. A report in 
the April business meeting of 1971 reads: 
"Books circulated in our library was 336 
during the first quarter of 71 against 289 
for the same quarter in 1970. During this 
quarter 24 books were added, seven by 
memorial gift." 

Then in January of 1972, the church 
library received a most unusual Christmas 
gift. Leona and Warren Shively gave a 
tape recorder and six cassettes on "The 
Beatitudes," with Earl Nightengale nar- 

By 1974 the library had grown to such 
capacity that Marjorie Sechrist began pro- 
motion in the Nappanee Advance News. 
The library would now be open on Wednes- 
days for the general public. The library is 
open before and after all services, and a 
mobile cart is used to push books out into 
the narthex area for promotion. 

Our library ministry has now grown to 
such proportions that present facilities are 

Al Shifflett is pastor of the Nappanee, Ind., 
Brethren Church, an avid reader, and a writer. 

August 1977 

Even kids enjoy going to the church 
library at Nappanee. 

hindering further growth. Recently, more 
new shelves were added. However, there 
is still not enough room. 

Within the context of church growth, 
we have tentative plans for remodeling the 
library. We want to keep the library where 
the traffic flow goes. That way books can 
get the greatest exposure. People some- 
times like to "shop" in the library, looking 
for a book. We plan to make a lounge area 
for reading and relaxation, just like in a 
public library. 

In March, the Nappanee Brethren Church 
averaged 264 in Sunday morning worship. 
In April we averaged 270! Our library was 

a factor in this increase. When new people 
come to worship, they are shown the library 
and urged to take home a book. That way 
they come back. 

Our library also contributes to spiritual 
growth. Thanks to Marjorie Sechrist and 
her excited group of librarians, the people 
at Nappanee are reading good Christian 
books. When people read inspirational 
books, they receive positive input. Positive 
input soon produces positive output. 

At Nappanee our church is growing both 
physically and spiritually. And the library 
ministry is one of the main reasons growth 
is taking place. □ 

How does your church library measure up? 

Use these questions to evaluate your book ministry. 

Does your church have a church library ministry? 

Is your church hbrary "stuck in a corner," or is it in a visible, accessible location? 

Does your library consist of cast-off books which nobody wanted, or does it have 
a variety of good books, including some new religious best-sellers? 

Does your library have an active, enthusiastic librarian (or librarians)? 

Does your church put money in its budget annually for its church library? Con- 
sidering the rising cost of books, is the amount realistic? 

What ideas did you get from reading this article which your church could use 
to improve your church library? 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Lay Minisfries 

''We're Tentmakersr 

Deanna Benshoff and her husband Dave were 
looking for more out of their Christian lives. 

DERBY, what? Derby, Kansas. We had 
scarcely heard of Derby, Kansas, let 
alone pick up and move there. But, trusting 
the Lord, that's exactly what we did! And, 
as is always true with our Lord, our trust 
was not misguided. 

There we were. A young couple, recently 
married, each enjoying our jobs, sharing 
an apartment that met our basic needs, and 
ready to settle down to a long life of happi- 
ness together. We were each pleased that 
we had found a Christian mate and felt 
certain it was right. 

We went about planning our way of life. 
I would teach school after graduation from 
Ashland College, and Dave was arranging 
to join the Air Force. However, through a 
series of strange circumstances, Dave was 
deferred from the draft, didn't join the Air 
Force, and got a job in Ashland. Little did 
we know at the time that it was really God 
working in our lives; He had other plans 
for us. 

It's important for us to share with you 
that we really felt we were doing what 
God wanted us to do at that time. We were 
active members of the Park Street Brethren 
Church in Ashland, Ohio, involved in church, 
Sunday school, youth ministry, and the 
choir. We were serving the Lord there in, 
what we felt, was a worthwhile capacity. 

But then we both started feeling a little 

Dee and Dave Benshoff are tentmakers, serving 
the Derby, Kansas, Brethren Church. They have a 
son, Darin. 

In the next few months we hope to carry other 
articles about unique ministries conducted by lay 
men and women in Brethren churches. Please send 
information about individuals or groups and their 
special ministries to Ron Waters, in care of the 
Brethren Evangelist. 

Next month: Laymen take action against social 

dissatisfied. It was not mere restlessness; 
the Holy Spirit was beginning to prepare us 
for a change. 

We both were Life Work Recruits from 
way back. But Dave had never felt led into 
the pulpit ministry. We shared our feelings 
with each other and discovered that we both 
wanted to do more for the Lord. 

We prayed about it and then decided to 
offer ourselves for service in whatever 
capacity the Missionary Board could use us. 
We expressed our desire to John Rowsey, 
then associate secretary of the Missionary 

We were needed 

What a surprise it was to hear we were 
exactly what they were looking for! The 
board wanted to start a new program for 
couples in our situation — Life Work Re- 
cruits, not feeling led into a pastoral posi- 
tion, active in an established Brethren 
church where there were many laymen to 
do the various necessary tasks, yet seeking 
a way to serve God and the church more 

The program would encourage couples 
like us to enter a tentmaking ministry. Why 
tentmaking? We would follow Paul's ex- 
ample of serving the Lord and His church 
while making a living at a job outside the 
church. We would move to an area near a 
small Brethren church where workers were 
desperately needed. 

Well, that's quite a big step. After much 
prayer we told the board, "Okay, we'll go 
anywhere you feel we can be of most help. 
If God wants us there, he'll find us both 
jobs." And that He did. 

So off we went to Derby, Kansas. We did 
not know any of the Brethren there, but 
we knew God's hand was in it, and we would 
fit in easily because of our oneness in Christ. 

We settled into an apartment and began 
our new jobs. But settling in was only the 

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beginning. We were there to work, so we 
began. We moved our church membership 
from Park Street in Ashland to Derby First 
Brethren and began our first task as youth 

One of our jobs as tentmakers in a small 
Brethren church was to be as supportive as 
possible of the pastor and all the programs 
of the church. It kept us busy, but this was 
what we had committed ourselves to — the 
very purpose for our being there. 

As time passed and the Lord richly 
blessed First Brethren with church growth, 
there were more workers to do each job 
in the church. We moved from youth direc- 
tors to other areas of ministry, such as 
Sunday school superintendent, church or- 
ganist, WMS president, member of the board 
of Christian education, and nursery super- 
visor. And most importantly for church 
growth, we visited people in our community 
and shared our joy in Christ vdth them. 
What a joy to see people coming to Christ 
and then maturing into disciples to serve 
our Lord and His church! 

We just can't say enough about tent- 
making. We have made our home in Derby 
and have become a part of the Brethren 
here. We've been excited about working with 
a pastor who is laboring for church growth. 
It's been wonderful to see the attitudes of 
people change from negative to positive as 

they see more and more people coming to 
Christ. The Lord has blessed us with new 
laborers as the church has grown. 

Dave and I don't want to mislead you — 
this isn't a perfect situation. (We won't find 
that until we meet in Glory, anyway.) There 
have been tears, disappointments, depres- 
sion, homesickness. But our God has been 
faithful and able to satisfy. He has brought 
us through it all, and our lives have been 
blessed a thousandfold for serving the Lord 
here in Derby. You're never disappointed 
when you let God have His will in your 
life. And we can say that from experience. 
Each day is a new trusting experience for 
us, and the Lord continually blesses us for 

Are you seeking an opportunity to really 
serve our Lord, but you just can't seem to 
find the right field? Seriously consider a 
tentmaking ministry. The Lord is gracious 
and He will surely bless you and your fam- 
ily, even as He has ours. 

Praise the Lord for the privilege of 
serving Him! □ 

Tentmakers are needed in several locations, 
including the new churches in Florida. Would you 
like more information about tentmaking ministries, 
for yourself or a friend? Write Arden Gilmer at 
the Missionary Board. 530 College Ave., Ashland, 
Ohio 44805; or call (419) 289-2195. 

Being tentmakers means getting activch i)i\i>hcd in the woik of the 
church. In addition to Dee playing the on;an and l)(i\e r/ss/s///j,;' with 
worship, they have also served the Deih\ C iiunh en \ouih diicii(>i\ 
Sunday school superintendent, WMS president, nu-mhci <>/ the luxud of 
Christian education, and nursery supervisor. 

Photob by AtdTii GilriKf 



The Brethren Evangelist 

"Be it resolved . . ." 

Richard Winfield summarizes some of the 
actions of General Conferences since 1900. 

"Be it resolved. . . ." In a very short time, 
these words will ring out in the 89th General 
Conference of the Brethren Church. 

Each year delegates from Brethren 
churches meet together in General Confer- 
ence for fellowship, to hear reports, and 
to deal with the business of the denomina- 
tion. As decisions are made, they are 
usually framed in the form of resolutions 
or recommendations. 

These resolutions and recommendations 
are important, for they are an expression 
of the will of the Conference. They give 
direction to the officers of Conference, to 
denominational ministries, and to local 
churches as they attempt to carry out the 
work of the church. 

As we prepare for another General 
Conference, I thought it might be bene- 
ficial to take a look backwards — to examine 
some of the decisions made by General 
Conference in its last 88 meetings. 

Ashland College 

The selection of a new president for 
Ashland College has brought this institu- 
tion to the minds of many Brethren. There 
is a new optimism among many for a closer 
relationship between the college and the 
Brethren Church and for improvements in 
the spiritual atmosphere of the school. 

Ashland College has often been a subject 
of discussion and debate at Conference. 

Dick Winfield is editorial assistant for the Breth- 
ren Evangelist and a former missionary to Nigeria. 

Before the division in 1939, the college was 
a major bone of contention. But in the 
Conference of 1939 we reaffirmed our 
belief in the importance of its continuance 
by resolving that "we recognize Ashland 
College and Seminary as the educational 
institution of the Brethren Church and 
that it is our opinion that the mainte- 
nance of this institution is vital to the 
future growth and spiritual life of our 

During the years since that resolution 
was adopted, however, there has been much 
concern about the secularization of the 
campus and its separation from the church. 
This caused the Brethren to adopt a 
recommendation in 1964 urging "that the 
college officials endeavor to bring on the 
campus more teachers and lecturers of the 
evangelical persuasion who adhere whole- 
heartedly to the inspiration and inerrancy 
of the Holy Scriptures. Furthermore, [we] 
urge that there be a stronger program on 
campus to create that spiritual atmosphere 
where faith in Christ can be fostered." 

In 1972 a more comprehensive statement 
was adopted, reaffirming the original prin- 
ciples and objectives of Ashland College. 
That statement asserted, "The object of 
this corporation shall be to establish and 
maintain a College or University for pro- 
moting education, morality, religion and the 
fine arts and to secure to its members and 
patrons, the advantages of approved piety 
and talents for the ministry of the Brethren 

"The training of suitable men for the 
ministry of the Gospel shall always be 

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sacredly regarded as one of the main ob- 
jects of this institution." 

Noting the close relationship between the 
Brethren Church and Ashland College, the 
statement went on to "petition the Board 
of Trustees of Ashland College, the Execu- 
tive Committee of the Board, the Adminis- 
tration, the Student Life Policy Council, 
and other responsible groups to reaffirm 
the Christian morals and ethics as com- 
monly interpreted by the Brethren Church 
and to re-establish the practice thereof." 

The statement also called upon the 
Brethren churches to "support the College 
and Seminary through prayer, through 
College and Seminary enrollment, and 
through financial resources." 

Morals and ethics 

The 1972 statement concerning Ashland 
College called for the college to "reaffirm 
the Christian morals and ethics as com- 
monly interpreted by the Brethren Church." 
What are these Christian morals and 

Unfortunately, in these days of serious 
moral corruption and ethical decline, we 
Brethren have not been as explicit in 
making our position known as we might 
be. This was not true in earlier years. 

In the 1900 Conference the Brethren said, 
"That viewing the fearful ravages of the 
liquor traffic in our fair land, we earnestly 

urge that each and every member lift up 
his voice and hand against the nefarious 
traffic; and seeing the baneful effects of 
tobacco, and its filthiness, we plead every 
one to refrain from its use and to strive for 
purity of body and mind." 

The Brethren strongly favored prohibi- 
tion, and in 1920 they acknowledged "the 

'Sometimes resolutions are passed 
and then forgotten." 

untiring efforts and persistent faithfulness 
of all temperance forces in bringing to pass 
the action of January 16th, whereby na- 
tional prohibition became effective. . . ." 
They also called upon every voter to "use 
his or her vote to support such candidates 
for offices as will keep in force the 18th 
Amendment of the Constitution of the 
United States." During the years of pro- 
hibition resolutions were passed almost 
annually in its support, and in 1933 the 
Brethren deplored "the action of the federal 
government in legalizing the sale of beer 
and the desire of the public for repeal of 
the 18th Amendment." 

The Brethren were not only concerned 
about alcohol. Note the following resolu- 
tions : 

From 1928 — "That we recommend a more 
scriptural regard for the Lord's Day." 

Other Resolutions Worth Noting 

Concerning the Brethren Evangelist. In 1972 
Conference adopted the moderator's recommen- 
dation "that each local church provide The Breth- 
ren Evangelist for all of its family units making 
each church a 100% church: the cost to be in- 
cluded in the local budget of each church." 

After this resolution was adopted, there was 
a rise in subscriptions to the Evangelist. At 
present, however, only 28 churches provide the 
Evangelist to all their families. 

On Marriage and Divorce. "Viewing with alarm 
the growing laxities with regard to the marriage 
vows we reaffirm the Biblical position in the 
matter of marriage and divorce and that we urge 
our ministers to emphasize the teachings of the 
scripture in regard to divorce and that they be 
diligent in their teachings concerning the sanc- 
tity of the home." (1930) 

On Communism. ". . . this conference go[es] on 
record that it unites its voice with those who 

condemn the Communist philosophy and prac- 
tice, and urges our citizens to maintain a most 
strong stand against this philosophy, and resist 
in every way its inroads into our American life." 

On Minority Groups. "Whereas we recognize 
that God is no respecter of persons and that 
salvation is universally offered to all people; and 
Whereas the Gospel for all men has been com- 
mitted to the Brethren Church, Be it resolved 
that our ministry shall be directed to reach all 
people without regard to race and color, and Be 
it further resolved that membership in the 
church not be restricted by reason of race or 
color." (1964) 

Concerning Violence. ". . . we as a church go 
on record, that we deplore all acts of violence, 
whether on the streets, on School and College 
Campuses or elsewhere and that we as a church 
take more positive action in working toward 
peaceful communities." (1975) 


The Brethren Evangelist 

From 1931 — "That we deplore the un-Chris- 
tian and degrading influence of all forms 
of worldly amusements, such as the movies 
and the dance, and that we urge every 
member of the Brethren Church to 'keep 
himself unspotted from the world.' " 
From 1941 — "We deplore the worldliness 
about us . . . immodest dress and conduct, 
dancing, theater attendance, card-playing, 
use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages and nar- 
cotics and such things, and indifference to 
things Christian and spiritual. . . . We 
recommend that all Brethren churches be 
more insistent in their teaching on purity 
of life." 

One of the more recent resolutions on 
morality was in 1959. That resolution says : 
"That we re-affirm and re-emphasize our 
stand on all moral issues; that as a 
separated, called-out group of Christian 
believers we urge all members to abstain 
from all appearance of evil." Note how 
general this resolution is, however, in com- 
parison with earlier resolutions concerning 
the Christian's moral life. No specific "sins" 
are mentioned. 

Membership goals 

This year's Conference delegates and all 
Brethren should be saddened to learn that 
membership in the Brethren denomination 
has dropped below 16,000 members. It is 
interesting to note in this regard that over 
the years we have set various goals for 
increases in church membership. 

In 1916, with a reported membership of 
23,781, the Conference embraced the mod- 
erator's challenge to reach 30,000 by 1920. 
This became a part of the "Four- Year 
Program." Apparently this became a four- 
year fizzle, for the statistical report for 
1920 showed a membership of 21,848 — a 
loss of nearly 200 from 1916! 

In 1950 the Goals Committtee brought a 
recommendation that "every local Church, 
every District Conference and the General 
Conference shall cooperate with Spiritual 
zeal and devoted earnest activity in the 
promotion of a Program of Evangelism to 
the end that the Membership Roll of the 
Brethren Church shall exceed 25,000 mem- 
bers ... in the year 1957." This figure was 
again not reached, with total membership 
in 1957 reported at 19,838. 

In 1966 Central Council brought a recom- 
mendation that Conference adopt the slogan 
"25 by 75" (25,000 members by 1975). It 
goes without saying that we didn't make it ! 
But it is, perhaps, instructive to see what 
happened to this goal. 

In 1967 Central Council reported that the 

promotion of this theme had been turned 
over to the Evangelism subcommittee of 
Central Council. This, then, seems to be the 
last mention of this theme in the Conference 
minutes. Is it any wonder the goal was not 

Over the years there has been consider- 
able discussion as to who should be counted 
as members when making statistical re- 

"Conference resolutions give direc- 
tion to the officers of Conference, 
to denominational ministries, and 
to local churches." 

ports. Perhaps part of the reason for our 
decline in membership is the failure of some 
churches to report all members. 

The action of the 1957 Conference should 
have clarified this matter: 

"A. That it is the view of General Con- 
ference that there should be no publicly 
announced inferior categories of church 
memberships ; 

"B. That for local church management 
and spiritual endeavor there may be recog- 
nized such indicators as 'inactive' or 
'reference' used privately by pastors and 
deacons ; 

"C. That for purposes of statistical 
reports and representation to General 
Conference, the total membership be re- 
ported — that is, all who have been received 
into the church and who have not died, 
transferred to another church, or been dis- 
missed for cause after hearing." 

The low state of our membership in 1977 
should, perhaps, cause us to take seriously 
a resolution passed in 1945: "Since we by 
profession are evangelistic as a denomina- 
tion, yet we for years have made no gains 
in membership to any degree, let us rethink 
our entire position as a church, find the 
causes of stagnation, eliminate them; then 
with much prayer and in the power of the 
Holy Spirit let us zealously move forward 
to 'possess the land' in the name of the 

Requirements for church membership 

A related subject is, What are the re- 
quirements for a person to become a mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church? One of the 
business items before this year's Confer- 
ence is a memorial from a local Brethren 
congregation concerning this question. This 
memorial makes inquiry to the Conference 

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about accepting into membership those who 
have confessed Jesus Christ as personal 
Lord and Savior, have been baptized by 
believer's immersion, and evidence a per- 
sonal faith in their lives. 

This is not a new issue by any means. The 
question came up as early as 1922. That 
year a report of the "Regularity Commit- 
tee" was accepted which stated, "The mode 
of receiving members into the church is 
upon profession of faith in Jesus Christ, 
the Son of God, repentance, baptism by 
trine immersion and confirmation by the 
laying on of hands." The report went on to 
"strongly advise that any attempt to receive 
persons otherwise is irregular and that such 
persons who have been received into mem- 
bership without having been baptized by 
trine immersion are not and cannot become 
members of the Brethren church until 
regularly received." 

Most Brethren will remember that this 
question came before Conference again in 
1969 as a memorial from the Central Dis- 
trict Conference. That memorial asked 

"The Impor+an+ question Is, What 
will we do wl+h the resolutions 
and recommendations we adopt 


IS year 


Conference to substitute baptism by "be- 
liever's immersion" for the earlier position 
of "trine immersion." After several years of 
intensive study, this question was presented 
to local churches for vote in 1974. The 
results, announced at the 1974 Conference, 
showed that slightly less than the two- 
thirds majority needed for passage favored 
the change, so the memorial was not 

Brethren and the Bible 

One of the current debates among Evan- 
gelical Christians concerns the inspiration, 
authority, and inerrancy of Scripture. This 
was an issue in the Brethren Church in 
the years between 1910 and 1920. In 1914, 
in response to a memorial. Conference stated 
its position in this way: "Resolved, that 
this General Conference of Brethren church- 
es reaffirms our position that the word of 
God, revealed in the Bible, is our only rule 
of faith and that we continue to reject all 
man-made creeds, and all declarations of 
faith aside from the whole Gospel of Jesus 

In 1916 Conference expressed itself more 

fully by passing this resolution: "That this 
conference of Brethren churches . . . desires 
to bear testimony to the belief that God's 
supreme revelation has been made through 
Jesus Christ, a complete and authentic 
record of which revelation is the New 
Testament, and to the belief that the Holy 
Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, 
as originally given of God, are the infallible 
record of the perfect, final and authoritative 
revelation of God's will, altogether suffi- 
cient in themselves as a rule of faith and 

Forgotten resolutions 

Sometimes resolutions are passed and 
then forgotten. Perhaps this is nowhere 
better demonstrated than in General Con- 
ference action on abortion. In 1971, Confer- 
ence accepted as its own the official NAE 
stand on abortion. This stand says in part, 
"The National Association of Evangelicals 
therefore affirms its conviction that abor- 
tion on demand for reasons of personal 
convenience, social adjustment or economic 
advantage is morally wrong, and expresses 
its firm opposition to any legislation de- 
signed to make abortion possible for these 

Apparently delegates at last year's Con- 
ference forgot that this stand on abortion 
had been taken, for they adopted the fol- 
lowing resolution: "Be it resolved that the 
Brethren Church go on public record op- 
posing the taking of a life of one of God's 
children by indiscriminate abortion." 

A final word 

This article presents only a few of the 
resolutions and recommendations that the 
Brethren have passed during the past 88 
General Conferences. There are hundreds 
more. We have said some very good things 
in the past. 

What resolutions and recommendations 
will be passed this year? In a very short 
time we will know. 

But the more important question is. What 
will we do with the resolutions and recom- 
mendations we adopt this year and with 
those already on the books. If we come to 
Conference, pass recommendations, adopt 
resolutions, and return home to continue 
on as we were before (as has often seemed 
to be the case), we fit the description of 
James in chapter one of his epistle. We 
come to Conference, look at ourselves in a 
mirror so to speak, and return home to for- 
get what kind of church we really are. □ 


The Brethren Evangelist 


news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 

Churches build 

N. Manchester Brethren break ground 

North Manchester, Ind. — Ground was broken for 
a new fellowship hall and classroom building at 
the North Manchester Brethren Church on Sunday, 
May 8. More than 300 members and friends of the 
church were present for the ceremony held after 
the morning worship service. 

When completed, the new addition will provide 
a fellowship hall capable of seating over 400 peo- 
ple, several new classrooms, a kitchen, office space 
for the pastor and the church secretary, rest- 
rooms, and storage space. 

An ample narthex is also planned, which will 
provide an area for fellowship following services 
and space for hanging wraps. One of the class- 
rooms will also serve as a library, and will contain 
a freestanding fireplace. 

Plans include the remodeling of the present 
fellowship hall and kitchen. These will be con- 
verted into classrooms. 

A single shovel walking plow was used for the 
ground breaking ceremony. Scripture was read 
by Tom Burch, chairman of the board of deacons, 
and Moderator Harold Baker presented the call 
to commitment to the congregation. Then mem- 

Bits 'n Pieces 

The Flora, Ind., Brethren Church had 123 chil 
dren and adults enrolled in their VBS June 20-24. 
Average attendance was 99. The offering of $50.17 
will be used to build a bus ramp at the Brethren's 
Home in Flora. 

The Woman's Missionary Society of the Oak 
Hill, W. Va., Church held their public service June 
26. Cheryl Strawn presented the message on 
"Neighborhood Prayer Groups.'^ Jean Fox reported 
on WMS activities and projects, and Amy Crouch 
presented special music. 

The sanctuary of the First Brethren Church of 
Gratis, Ohio, was redecorated in June. The work 
was done by Mr. Paul Witter, who is 73 years old. 
Mr. Witter had also redecorated the Gratis church 
sanctuary on two previous occasions. 

The Mt. Olive Brethren Church chose Mrs. J. 
Gordon (Conjetta) Harmon as its nominee for 
the national Senior Citizen of the Year award. 

Senior citizens at Mt. Olive were honored with a 
carry-in dinner June 12. 

bers of the congregation pulled together on a 50- 
foot rope attached to the plow as Pastor Woodrow 
Immel guided the plow. A 10-foot furrow was 
quickly overturned, symbolizing the achievement 
possible as God's people "pull together" when they 
"have a mind to work." 

The new addition to the church building was 
made necessary by the growth of the North Man- 
chester Brethren Church. Membership grew from 
316 in 1962 to a peak of 490 ten years later. 
Recently, however, the growth pace has slackened 
due to space limitations, particularly limited class- 
room space. Seeing the need, the congregation be- 
gan to explore the various possibilities for meet- 
ing this need. This new building is their answer. 

Pastor Immel has said about the project: "The 
congregation is looking forward to the new facility 
with eagerness, and is backing it in a marvelous 
way." He adds, "We have seen many improvements 
and encouraging trends in the nearly sixteen 
years of service I have been privileged to share 
with these people. We have shared in joys, and in 
sorrows, in ups and downs; but now that we are 
committed to this undertaking, we are pleased to 
note that the weekly offerings designated for the 
building fund have been averaging over $1,000 
weekly. We praise the Lord for His guidance, care 
and blessing, as we share together to do His will." 

Completion date for the new building is set for 
November 1. 

Ground broken for new parsonage 
at Jones Mills, Pa. 

Jones Mills, Pa. — On Sunday morning, June 26, 
the congregation of the Valley Brethren Church 
broke ground to begin the building of a new church 
parsonage. Seventy-five persons were in attendance 
for the service, held during the morning worship 

Members of the parsonage building committee 
and the pastor. Rev. Jerald Radcliff, participated 
in breaking the first shovelfuls of ground. 

The new parsonage will be built next to the 
new church sanctuary and educational facility, 
just recently completed. 

Miss LaVerne Keslar, corresponding secretary 
for the Valley Brethren Church wrote: "We praise 
the Lord and pray for God's guidance as we again 
launch out on faith in this new building program 
at Jones Mills. May it be to the glory of God 
and His service. We covet the prayers of the 

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Rev. W. E. Thomas retires 

Bunker Hill, Ind. — After 45 years in the gospel 
ministry, Rev. W. E. Thomas, pastor of the Loree 
Brethren Church, has announced his retirement. 

A retirement open house in honor of Rev. 
Thomas and his wife, Anna, will be held at the 
Loree Brethren Church, Bunker Hill, Ind., on 
Sunday afternoon, August 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Rev. Thomas was licensed into the ministry in 
the Methodist Church in 1933. He has served as a 
full-time minister since that time. 

In 1955 Rev. Thomas was ordained into the min- 
istry in the Brethren Church, and he became pastor 
of the North Liberty Brethren Church. He served 
that congregation from 1955 until 1961. In 1961 
he became pastor of the Loree Brethren Church, 
which he has served for the past 16 years. 

In addition to his pastoral ministry. Rev. Thomas 
has been widely used in the Brethren Church in 
evangelistic services. 

Mrs. Louise Kendall, correspondent for the Loree 
Brethren Church, comments concerning the 
Thomases: "We as a church will retain many fond 
memories of their years with us, and we wish them 
happiness in their retirement. We know he will 
continue to serve our wonderful Lord in whatever 
way he is able. We invite their friends from over 
the brotherhood to join with us in fellowship on 
the 28th." 

After his retirement, Rev. and Mrs. Thomas 
will be moving to Bradenton, Fla. 

Dear Ron, 

I want you to know how much I appreciate the 
excellent article and the Christian spirit contained 
therein in the July issue of the Brethren Evan- 
gelist, welcoming us to Ashland College ("Let's 
Welcome New AC President Schultz," p. 21). 

Your comments go right to the point and set the 
tone for the excellent relationship we hope to 
have with the Brethren Church. Thank you for 
writing this article and helping to get us started 
in the right direction and spirit. I am very much 
impressed with the monthly publication that you 
edit and appreciate being placed on the mailing 

I am looking forward to a very close association 
with you. 

— Arthur L. Schultz, President 
Ashland College 

Rev. & Mrs. W . E. Thomas 

Concept Weekend changes noted 

Ashland, Ohio — A slight change in the program 
for the Ashland College Alumni Concept Weekend 
has been made, according to Wanda Kerr, director 
of alumni and parent relations. 

An ice cream social and band concert will be 
held on campus Saturday evening, August 20, and 
will be open to concept weekend participants and 
those who cannot be present for the entire week- 
end program. 

A concert at the Blossom Music Center had 
originally been scheduled. 

The weekend is the first in what is anticipated 
to become an annual event for alumni of the 
college. It is scheduled on campus August 19 to 21, 
following General Conference. 

Calendar of Events 

August 15-19 — General Conference, Ashland, Ohio. 

August 28^September 4 — Revival services at Flora, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. Rev. James Black, 

Membership Growth 

Gratis: 2 by baptism 

Corinth: 2 by baptism 

Loree: 10 by baptism 

College Corner: 11 by baptism, 4 by letter 

Brush Valley: 7 by baptism, 2 by letter 

Sarasota: 4 by baptism, 1 by letter 

Roanoke: 2 by baptism 

County Line: 5 by baptism 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The Carpenter's Shop 
hosts signing party 

Ashland, Ohio — Mrs. Ella Jo Sadler 
was featured at an autograph party 
July 13 at the Carpenter's Shop. 

Mrs. Sadler signed copies of her 
book, Murder in the Afternoon, re- 
cently released in paperback by 
Zondervan Publishing House. 

The book describes the trials of a 
long recovery following an attempt- 
ed murder. 

About 40 people attended the two- 
hour party. 

Mrs. Sadler signs a copy of her 
book at an autograph party at the 
Carpenter's Shop. 

yNwfne Heights youth praised by paper 

Waynesboro, Pa. — The Record Herald, a local 
newspaper, carried an editorial praising the youth 
of the Wayne Heights Brethren Church on its 
editorial page on Wednesday, May 18, 1977. The 
editorial, written by Bill Curry, told of a car-wash 
held by the Wayne Heights Brethren Youth on 
Saturday, May 14. 

Mr. Curry began his editorial by noting that one 
often hears older people criticizing young people, 
claiming that they are lazy and irresponsible. 

He then said: "Any agreement I might have 
had with this point of view was dispelled last 
Saturday when I responded to a classified adver- 
tisement in the Record Herald and drove my car 

out to a one-day vehicle laundry back of Hardee's 
in the Wayne Heights Shopping Center." 

Mr. Curry went on to relate how he had found 
members of the Wayne Heights Brethren Church 
Youth Group industriously cleaning-up automo- 
biles. He only needed to wait a few minutes until 
four young people began to wash his car. He noted 
that "In about 15 minutes it was cleaner than 
when I drove it out of the garage where I bought 

In concluding his editorial, Mr. Curry said: "The 
Rev. Mr. Bates [pastor of the Wayne Heights 
Brethren Church] can be proud of this little group 
and the inspiring enthusiasm they demonstrated 
in their desire to help the church's missionary 

General Conference Annual 

Conference annuals are being prepared and distributed by the Central Council 
office and will be sent individually. (Those receiving the General Conference Pro- 
gram book are on our mailing list.) 

If you are not and need to receive a copy of the upcoming annual, return this 
form immediately and one will be mailed to you when they are completed. Note: 
After September 15, a charge of 50<! must be made. If we have to bill you, the cost 
will be 75<!!. 



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August 1977 




In Memory 

Carrie Lane Birk to Frank Daniel Hurd, June 4, 
at Ardmore, Ind., First Brethren Church; Brian 
Moore, pastor, and Lowell Walsworth officiating. 
Bride member of Ardmore First Brethren Church. 
Marcia Schaaf to Brent Hollinger, May 29, at War- 
saw, Ind., First Brethren Church; Claude Stogsdill, 
pastor, officiating. Bride member of Warsaw First 
Brethren Church. 

Jo Ellen Dyson to Jerry Nelson, May 21, at Roann, 
Ind., First Brethren Church; William H. Kerner, 
pastor, officiating. Bride member of Roann First 
Brethren Church. 

Sharon Focht to Robert Fellers, May 14, at Gratis, 
Ohio, First Brethren Church; Gene Hollinger, 
pastor, officiating. Members of Gratis First Breth- 
ren Church. 

Kimera Cox to Tim Bell, May 7, at North Man- 
chester, Ind., First Brethren Church; Woodrow 
Immel, pastor, officiating. Bride member of North 
Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Barb Griswold to William Patterson, April 23, at 
Warsaw, Ind., First Brethren Church; Claude 
Stogsdill, pastor, officiating. Bride member of 
Warsaw First Brethren Church. 
Eldonna Clayton to Randy Warren, April 2, North 
Webster, Ind., Church of God. Groom member 
of North Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church. 
Kathlyn Sue Springer to David Dickerhoff, April 
2, at New Haven, Ind., Emmanuel Lutheran 
Church. Groom member of North Manchester, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. 

Janice Clyburn to Rodney Morter, March 18, at 
Fort Scott, Kan., Brethren Church; Buck D. 
Garrett, pastor, officiating. 


Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. Sollenberger, 50th, June 26. 

Members of the Brethren Church, New Lebanon, 


Mr. & Mrs. Don Leckey, 50th, June 21. Members 

of the Brethren Church, Vinco, Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. George A. Leidy, 54th, June 12. Mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church, Vinco, Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Ford, 53rd, June 6. Members 
of the Brethren Church, Vinco, Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Louthain, 56th, May 28. Mrs. 
Louthain member of the Brethren Church, Corinth, 

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Mackey, 50th, May 15. Members 
of First Brethren Church, Gratis, Ohio. 
Mr. & Mrs. Vem Cummins, 50th, May 15. Members 
of the Brethren Church, Fort Scott, Kan. 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Mishler, 50th, April 9. Members 
of First Brethren Church, North Manchester, Ind. 
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lockwood, 50th, March 6. Mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church, Fort Scott, Kan. 

Homer Haas, 72, July 5. Member and trustee of 
County Line, Ind., Brethren Church. Services by 
Gerald Barr, pastor. 

Clarence Taylor, 56, June 28. Friend of Warsaw, 
Ind., Brethren Church. Services by Rev. Paul D. 

Judson Kalp, 78, June 27. Member of Jones Mills, 
Pa., Valley Brethren Church. Services by Jerald 
D. Radcliff, pastor. 

Elwood Workman, 93, June 23. Charter member 
of Georgetown, Del., Mt. Olivet Brethren Church. 
Services by William A. McDaniel, pastor. 
Robert Freese, 47, June 23. Member and trustee 
chairman of Bryan, Ohio, First Brethren Church. 
Services by Marlin L. McCann, pastor. 
Mrs. Ellen Morford, June 21. Member of North 
Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church. Services 
by Woodrow Immel, pastor. 

Ralph Wise, 79, June 18. Member for 51 years of 
Elkhart, Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by 
Dale P. Ru Lon, pastor. 

Mrs. Wilma Kaufman, 42, June 16. Member of 
Flora, Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by 
Alvin Grumbling, pastor. 

Mrs. Lottie Kemper, 86, June 8. Member of Morrill, 
Kan., First Brethren Church. Services by Dave 
Manning, pastor. 

Blanche Ailer, 75, June 5. Member of Tiosa, Ind., 
Brethren Church. Services by John Shultz, pastor. 
Tillie Bowser, 84, May 30. Member and deaconess 
of Brush Valley, Pa., Brethren Church. Services 
by Thomas Kidder, pastor. 

Cecil T. Morrow, 79, May 22. Member and deacon 
of Corinth, Ind., Brethren Church. Services by 
Fred Snyder, pastor, and Rev. G. Bright Hanna. 
Galen Walters, 81, May 21. Member of Brighton, 
Ind., Brighton Chapel Brethren Church. Services 
by John Long, pastor. 

Mrs. Audra Phillips Tilman, 92, May 6. Member 
of North Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church. 
Services by Woodrow Immel, pastor, and William 

Louisa E. Souers, 77, April 30. Member of Vander- 
grift. Pa., Pleasant View Brethren Church. Ser- 
vices by William D. Walk, pastor. 
Richard Hesketh, 30, April 30. Member of Pleasant 
View Brethren Church. Services by William D. 
Walk, pastor. 

Fred W. Brant, 91, March 29. Faithful member of 
Berlin, Pa., Brethren Church and long-time 
member of the Pennsylvania District Mission 
Board. Mr. Brant was given the title, "Mr. Brother- 
hood," for his work with Boys' Brotherhood in 
the denomination. Services by Ralph E. Mills, 

Frank Pyle, 77, March 18. Member of Jones Mills, 
Pa., Valley Brethren Church. Services by Jerald 
D. Radcliff, pastor. 


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Evangelist postage rates 
hiked 27 percent 

Ashland, Ohio — Postage costs for the Brethren 
Evangelist went up 27 percent in July as a result 
of an increase in second class postage rates. Third 
class bulk rates also were raised, by 5 percent. 

The Brethren Evangelist is mailed monthly at 
the special second class rate for non-profit pub- 
lications. Third class bulk mailing is used for the 
Missionary Board's "Insight," BYC's "Morning 
Star," and many local church newsletters. 

Brethren Evangelist Managing Editor Ron 
Waters commented, "We were thankful our in- 
crease was only 27 percent. The federal govern- 
ment had been asked to consider an even larger 
increase. Fortunately, the additional increase was 

But John Rowsey, executive director of the 
Brethren Publishing Company, noted, "Drastic 
increases, like the postal hike and paper and labor 
costs, could seriously impair the future of non- 
profit publications like the Brethren Evangelist. 
Unfortunately, subscription price increases will 
have to be considered." 

He added, "An increased Publications Offering 
in September would help alleviate the extra burden 
on an already tight Evangelist budget, since all 
income from the offering is used to subsidize the 

Homosexual lifestyle study added 
to San Francisco curriculum 

San Francisco (EP News) — San Francisco's school 
board has approved a resolution which includes in 
the education curriculum the study of homosexual 

The resolution provides that an advisory com- 
mittee be established to review and recommend 
revisions in the 1968 guide on family life and health 
education and to develop materials to reflect homo- 
sexual lifestyles and respect for human diversities 
and complexities. 

Peter Mezey, a school board member who intro- 
duced the resolution, said the measure was aimed 
at "eliminating stereotypes and name-calling in 

EPA elects first woman president 

Spring-field, Mo. (EP News) — Members of the 
Evangelical Press Association, meeting in their 
29th annual convention May 9-11, elected Eleanor 
Burr as the association's first woman president. 

Mrs. Burr is editor of Oriental Mission Society 
Outreach in Greenwood, Indiana. She replaces 
Richard G. Champion, editor of the Pentecostal 
Evangel, as president of the EPA. 

The Brethren Evangelist is a member publication 
of the Evangelical Press Association. 

Robert Payne, Jr., ordained at Garber 

Ashland, Ohio — Robert M. Payne, Jr., was ordained 
into the gospel ministry of the Brethren Church 
at the Garber Memorial Brethren Church on Sun- 
day afternoon, June 12. 

Elder Charles Munson presented the ordination 
message at the service. Elders Smith Rose, Jerry 
Flora, and Joseph Shultz also participated in the 
service of ordination. 

Robert is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Payne, 
Sr. He was born in South Charleston, West Vir- 
ginia, on October 28, 1951. He attended public 
school in Nitro, West Virginia, and graduated 
from high school in 1969. He attended Morris 
Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia, and 
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 
religion and philosophy in May of 1973. 

Robert made a commitment to Jesus Christ at 
the age of 12 and was actively involved in the 
Evangelical United Brethren Church. During his 
early college years he realized that God was calling 
him into full-time Christian service. 

On September 24, 1971, Robert married Connie 
Inman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Inman of 
St. Albans, West Virginia. 

Robert attended Ashland Theological Seminary, 
graduating this past June. He received a Master 
of Divinity degree with a major in pastoral 

staff Photo 
Garber Brethren Church Moderator Jack Dovey 
(right) presented Rev. and Mrs. Payne with a gift 
from the church following his ordination. 

counseling and psychology. During his last two 
years at the seminary, Robert served as student- 
pastor of the Garber Brethren Church. 

On July 8 Rev. Payne and his wife moved to 
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, where he is now serv- 
ing as pastor of the Main Street Brethren Church. 

August 1977 




Woodfield Terrace new name 
for refJremenf community 

Brethren Care of Ohio is planning a comnnun- 
ity that will offer carefree retirement living. 

Woodfield Terrace has been selected as 
the name for the 120-apartment retirement 
expansion of Brethren Care, Inc., of Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

The new retirement community will be 
constructed adjacent to the Brethren Care 
nursing care complex on Center Street. 

Finishing touches have been put on a 
$120,000, four-unit model built behind the 
present nursing care unit. All four model 
apartments have been occupied but will 
be open for viewing by appointment. 

Nearly 400 attended a community-wide 
open house July 23 and 24. Over 100 re- 
quested more information, according to 
Dorman Ronk, executive secretary of the 
Benevolent Board of the Brethren Church. 

When completed, Woodfield Terrace will 
include 120 retirement apartments designed 
for independent living. One-bedroom, two- 
bedroom, and efficiency apartments will be 
available in the $5 million full-service 
retirement community. 

The facility will provide residents with 
at least one meal daily, utilities, and main- 
tenance, plus the security of living in a 
caring community. Health care facilities will 
be available as needed. 

Support areas within the Woodfield 
Terrace complex are to include a chapel, 
dining rooms, recreation area, beauty shop, 
library, lounges, and carports. 

The location of the center suggested the 
new name. The area, in south Ashland, 
includes open fields, woods, and natural 
terraced areas — a perfect setting for the 
carefree living the center will offer. 

Lenny Seaman, administrator of Breth- 
ren Care, reports that inquiries for the new 
apartments began last winter following a 
market survey. Results of the study con- 
firmed the need for retirement housing in 
this area. 

General Conference delegates and guests 
are especially invited to visit the models 
while in Ashland. Special open house hours 
will be announced throughout the week, 
or appointments for private showings may 
be made through Dorman Ronk. 

Mr. Ronk, who is serving as retirement 
counselor for the complex, has asked that 
names of prospective residents (anyone 
over age 60) be sent to him. 

He would also welcome any inquiries. 
Requests may be sent to him in care of the 
Benevolent Board, 524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. He may also be 
reached by phone at (419) 289-2202 or 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Book Review 

A Good Age 

A Good Age by Dr. Alex Comfort ( Crown Publish- 
ers, 1976, 218 pp., $9.95 hardback). 

Dr. Alex Comfort is a leading gerontologist who 
has been studying and researching the aging pro- 
cess for 25 years. He says, "The urgent need is for 
'old' people to learn to fight back against hogwash, 
classification, put-downs and rip-offs which, by 
virtue of the passage of time alone, society writes 
into the roles of people who could still be young." 

The format of the book is an introductory 
section and then topics in alphabetical order 
dealing with elderly problems. Some of the sub- 
jects included are: Brain, Day Centers, Fear, 
Hobbies, Leisure, Memory, Poverty, Retirement, 
Sex, Wrinkles, and the Prudent Diet at the con- 
clusion of the book. 

A Good Age examines leisure options, retirement 
problems, health, sexual activity, bereavement, and 
other questions of profound significance for those 
who wish to stay youthful with age. Dr. Comfort 
describes with clarity, honesty, and precision what 
really happens when we grow old, and how we 
can liberate ourselves from the trivialities, mis- 

conceptions, and penalties with which older people 
are afflicted. 

An added feature of the book is Michael 
Leonard's portraits of older people who do retain 
a vigor, vitality, and sense of fun. 

— Beverly Summy 

Elderly population up; 
under-5's down 

Washington, D.C. (EP News) — The number of 
persons 65 years and older has increased markedly 
since 1970, while the number of children under 
five years of age has decreased markedly during 
the same period, according to new estimates re- 
ported by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. 

During the period, the number of older persons 
increased from 19,972,330 to 22,936,000, a gain of 
2,963,670, or 14.8 percent. The number of children 
under five dropped from 17,162,866 to 15,338,000, 
or 10.6 percent. 

The largest increases in the number of older 
persons (65 and over) were reported in the South 
(22.1 percent, from 6,013,590 in 1970 to 7,344,000 in 
1976) and the West (20.5 percent, from 3,080,447 
to 3,710,000 in the six-year period). 

In the Northeast, the increase was 0.14 percent 
(from 5,175,626 to 5,659,000), and in the North 
Central region it was 9.16 percent (from 5,702,667 
to 6,223,000). 


AC prepares for winter 

Ashland, Ohio — Ashland College is launching a 
$100,000 Energy Conversion Campaign to ease the 
energy problems such as those created last winter 
when record-low temperatures produced an energy 
crisis throughout the State. 

The goal of the campaign is to provide flexible 
use of alternate and supplemental energy sources 
for academic and program facilities. Funding of 
the campaign will enable the college to alternate 
energy supplies during periods of high use by 
residential and business customers in the Ashland 

Thus far leadership gifts and pledges for the 
Campaign, which is part of the overall Centennial 
AC'cent Campaign, total nearly $20,000 in contri- 
butions from members of the AC Board of Trus- 
tees and several other individuals. Funding should 
be completed by October 1, 1977, so that the con- 
version process can be completed for the 1977-78 

In addition to plans for using alternate energy, 
Ashland College has also sought to adjust its 
academic calendar to energy conservation. By 
starting classes earlier in the fall and by shorten- 
ing its spring vacation, the college has been able 
to provide a six-week, mid-year break in the coldest 
part of the winter. 

Billy Melvin asks Christians 
fo write their Congressman 

Ashland, Ohio — NAE Executive Director Billy 
Melvin is urging Christians to write their congress- 
man concerning a bill before the House of Repre- 

Labeled HR-41, the bill "would require financial 
disclosure by all organizations soliciting charitable 
contributions by mail," according to Melvin. 

Regarding the bill, Central Council Executive 
Secretary Smith Rose commented, "This bill has 
a good motive relating to exposing and stopping 
abuses by those seeking charitable contributions, 
but it would include all such organizations, in- 
cluding churches." 

Melvin noted in a recent letter to church leaders 
that "churches would be subject to all the require- 
ments of the bill, including disclosure of internal 
financial information, standardized accounting pro- 
cedures, and potential audit by the Postal Service." 

He continued, "It imposes restrictions on those 
engaged in charitable solicitations based upon tacit 
implications that those engaged in such solicita- 
tions could be engaged in fraudulent practices." 

Rev. Rose has asked pastors to read and respond 
to the recent NAE mailing concerning the bill. 

August 1977 



More than a Carpenter 

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell (Tyn- 
dale, 1977, 128 pp., $1.95 paper). 

Josh McDowell begins his book with the ques- 
tion, "What makes Jesus so different?" What 
makes Jesus different from other men, or from 
other religious leaders like Buddha, Mohammed, 
and Confucius. McDowell answers: Jesus claimed 
to be God. The remainder of this book is a hard- 
headed defense of this claim. 

McDowell begins by examining Jesus' own 
claims to divinity and the consequences of denying 
this claim. He concludes that we must either 
accept Jesus' claim, or else consider Him a lunatic 
or a liar. 

Since the New Testament provides the primary 
historical source for information about Christ, 
McDowell also examines its reliability. He con- 
vincingly argues that there is more evidence for 
the reliability of the New Testament than for 
any other piece of classical literature. 

The changed lives of the eleven disciples and 
of the Apostle Paul provide further evidence of 
the validity of Jesus' claim, says McDowell. The 
only logical explanation for the change in their 
lives is that they saw the resurrected Christ. His 
resurrection proved His claim to be the Son of 

In his final chapter the author tells of his own 
life and the change Christ has made in him. 

This book is not light reading, but it is logically 
and clearly written. I would recommend it for 
college students and other mature readers, par- 
ticularly those who find their faith challenged or 
who are skeptical about Christianity and want to 
examine seriously the claims of Christ. 

— Richard Winfield 

Racing toward Judgment 

Racing Toward Judgment by David Wilkerson 
(Spire Books, 1976, 160 pp., $1.50 paper). 

Based on his intensive study of the Scriptures, 
David Wilkerson has concluded that the United 
States is on the brink of terrible judgment. He 
sees the present situation of the United States as 
paralleling the condition of nations throughout 
the Bible to which God's prophets promised 

Wilkerson believes that the Bible and history 
reveal that there are definite causes that precipi- 
tate divine judgment. "In other words, when a 
nation repeats the mistake of past generations, it 
is judged at the same points for the same causes." 
He refers to these as "flash points of judgment," 
and maintains that America has reached every 
flash point which brought destruction to past 
societies. He lists six of these flash points, among 

them the porno plague, violence, and the astro- 
nauts landing on the moon. 

On this basis (that America has reached these 
flash points), Wilkerson is convinced that God is 
going to judge America soon with three instru- 
ments of destruction; killer earthquakes, severe 
droughts, and bankruptcies resulting in economic 

Wilkerson's message is not all negative. He 
believes that God has prepared a way for true 
believers to endure and survive the coming judg- 
ments. But they must get ready, and Wilkerson 
includes three chapters telling how Christians can 
prepare their hearts, minds, lives, and personal 
affairs for this coming judgment. 

In spite of his predictions of impending judg- 
ment, Wilkerson says that this is a great time to 
be alive — for Christians. Why? "Because the be- 
ginning of sorrows for the wicked is the beginning 
of final deliverance for the righteous." Wilkerson 
claims that this is the last day. And the last day 
here means the beginning of eternity with Christ 
for the believer. 

— Richard Winfield 

Richard Winfield is editorial assistant for the 
Brethren Evangelist. 

The Total Man 

The Total Man by Dan Benson (Tyndale, 1977, 
272 pp., $3.95 paperback). 

I expected The Total Man to be another paltry 
attempt to copy the recent guidebooks for women. 
It was not. 

Benson wrote the book with a vision that men — 
both single and married — become truly fulfilled. 
He explains that men will be fulfilled when they 
are totally liberated, which he defines as "the 
resolute, unabashed freedom from society's false 
standards of masculinity, to a more relaxed, con- 
fident manhood." 

In the first half of the book, he gives a biblical 
view of successful manhood, not in churchy terms, 
but in a way that would communicate favorably 
with the Christian and non-Christian. 

His chapters on redefining success and on the 
keys to effective use of time are especially excel- 
lent. And his "Ultimate New Year's Resolution 
List" and subsequent chapters contain one of the 
best presentations of the Christian faith for a 
contemporary man I have seen. 

The second section, dealing with a man's family 
life, is equally sensitive and practical. 

I recommend the book for all men, especially 
those 18 to 50, who are really interested in being 
all God meant them to be, both at home and at 

— Ronald W. Waters 

Ron Waters is managing editor of the Brethren 


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Advenfures In Prayer 

Adventures in Prayer by Catherine Marshall 
(Spire Books, 1976, 119 pp., $1.75 paperback). 

In her opening chapter, Catherine Marshall 
introduces her readers to the meaning of prayer. 
Then the rest of the book contains short chapters 
on types of prayer. 

Chapters included are "the Prayer of Helpless- 
ness," "the Waiting Prayer," "t-he Prayer of 
Relinquishment," "the Prayer in Secret," "the 
Prayer of Joyous Blessing," "the Claiming Prayer," 
and "the Prayer that Helps Your Dreams Come 
True." Each chapter closes with a prayer written 
by the author to illustrate the contents of the 
chapter and to start the reader thinking on his 

This is a little book, and one which is easily 
read. But it is full of thought provokers for each 
of us as we examine our own prayer lives. 

It sold over 150,000 copies in hardback when 
originally published in 1975. Now that it is avail- 
able in paperback, I'm sure it will continue to find 
many new readers at the paperback price. 

— John Rowsey 

John Rowsey is executive director of the Brethren 
Publishing Company. 

Changing the Worid 

I'm Out to Change My World by Ann Kiemel 
(Impact Books, 1974, 119 pp., $1.75 paperback). 

Ann Kiemel calls herself an ordinary girl with 
an extraordinary God. But there is really nothing 
ordinary about Ann. She has a deep faith, a zeal 
for Christ, and a love for people that could put 
us all to shame. 

Ann, with her simple, child-like manner, shares 
her Christ with anyone who comes into her world, 
including cab drivers, gas station attendants, 
people who sit beside her on airplanes, and her 

Can anyone have a youth group grow from 85 
to 400? Can anyone get somebody as famous as 
Pat Boone to talk in her town for free? Can any- 
one actually change her world a little each day? 
Ann can — with her buoyant, infectious faith, and 
her extraordinary God. 

You'll find your eyes getting misty as you read 
of the events and happenings in the life of Ann 

— Beth Barber 

Beth Barber is in charge of Sunday School curri- 
culum distribution for the Brethren Publishing 

August 1977 


church growth forum 

by Arden Gilmer 

Absorbing New Members 

Is your congregation prepared to accept new 
Christians into its membership? 

Every year our Brethren churches report a large 
number of membership losses by "reversion". Re- 
version loss refers to people who have accepted 
Christ and joined the local congregation, but who, 
over a period of months or years, have become 

We need to take a discerning look at these re- 
version losses. Who are these people? What factors 
lead to their reversion? Studies might indicate 
that many of these reversions are people who 
never really became incorporated into the fellow- 
ship circles and ministry centers of the local body. 

Evangelism is "proclaiming Jesus Christ as 
God and Savior, persuading people to become His 
disciples and responsible members of the local 
church." Five key components make up this 

1) Presence — we have to be present with non- 
Christians. We must get out of our Christian 
ghetto, mix with society, and build friendships 
with non-Christian people. But mere presence is 
not sufficient. 

2) There must also be proclamation, the sharing 
of the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. 
Many methods, both formal and informal, are 
available for sharing the gospel. 

3) Persuasion is important. We share the mes- 
sage, not just for the sake of sharing, but in order 
to persuade people to accept Jesus Christ. 

4) Those who respond must become disciples. 
They begin to live the Christian life, share their 
faith, and grow in the Christian graces and 

5) Incorporation means that the new Christian 
becomes a responsible, functioning, ministering 
member of the local congregation. The process of 
evangelism is not completed until incorporation 
takes place. The local church is not only the agent 
of evangelism, but also the goal of evangelism. 
The goal is to make sure that the new Christians 
are assimilated into the local body of Christ. 

How does incorporation take place? In many 
ways, I'm sure, but let me suggest two important 
ways: personal relationships and group relation- 

Incorporation happens as new Christians build 
personal relationships with existing members of 
the church. If Christians are actively building 
relationships with non-Christians, these relation- 
ships will naturally become stronger when the 
non-Christians accept Christ. Existing members 
must make a conscious and deliberate effort to 
build relationships with new Christians. 

In one church the pastor has trained several 
couples to handle much of the pre-marital counsel- 
ing. As the engaged couple meets with the trained 
couple, they get to see a Christian marriage in 
action. But they also get to know the church couple 
as friends. When the engaged couple gets married, 
a very high percentage of them become active in 
the church. 

Several people could make a ministry of inviting 
worship-service visitors to their homes for Sunday 
dinner. Personal relationships are often built 
around the dinner table. 

Another key to incorporation is group relation- 
ships. Every congregation is composed of a variety 
of sub-groups — Sunday school classes, Bible study 
groups, auxiliary groups, age groups, fellowship 
groups, task oriented groups, and support groups. 
If a new member does not become meaningfully 
involved in a sub-group, the likelihood of his future 
reversion increases. 

These subgroups need to function as both 
"attractors" and "absorbers." They should be door- 
ways into the church. They should also be instru- 
ments for involving the new member in meaning- 
ful witness, fellowship, and ministry. Sadly, many 
of these sub-groups become closed societies, and 
a new member gets in only if he is aggressively 

Many times the pastor is the only "door" through 
which new Christians enter the church. The pastor 
is the one who visits them in their homes, gets 
to know their family, witnesses to them, follows 
up, prepares them for baptism, baptizes them, 
and teaches their new members class. He spends 
a lot of time with them, but then he begins to 
repeat the process with someone else. The result 
is that the new members see him less and less. 
If he is their only personal contact with the church, 
they will often begin to fall by the wayside. 

How much better if the new visitors, new con- 
verts, and new members were building a relation- 
ship at the same time with other individuals and 
groups within the church. The pastor, in his role 
as an equipper of the saints for ministry (Ephe- 
sians 4:11, 12), needs to train people to be involved 
in witnessing, discipling, and caring activitiies 
which help build relationships between existing 
members and new members. Church members 
must be eager to be equipped and involved in the 
kind of ministry which will result in new Chris- 
tians becoming meaningfully incorporated into the 
local church. Such a church will be prepared to 
accept new Christians. 


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auxiliary programs for September 

23 SMM Gen. Secretary's Notes 

24 Signal Lights Program 


General Secretary's Notes 

Growing in the Spirit 

Dear Sisters, 

"And the child grew and became strong in 
spirit. . ." (Lul<e 1:80). This verse caught my eye 
today, and it made me want to insert one httle 
word — "the." The Spirit. We all continue to grow 
physically and emotionally, but growing in the 
Spirit is not so simple. Think back over your 
spiritual life since one year ago. If you attended 
1976 Conference, it may have been a highlight or 
a turning point for you. What has happened in 
your relationship with the Lord since last August? 
If you can't remember anything, maybe that's 
just what occurred — nothing. 

I have seen a lot of changes in my spiritual life. 
I have grown closer to the Lord this year, mainly 
through my personal prayer time and devotions 
with Him. I still would like to feel closer to Him, 
but I don't worry myself over that. I am growing 
and continually becoming stronger in the Spirit, as 
Luke describes young John. 

Have you grown this year? Or are you wither- 
ing away? Or has it been so variable that you're 
not sure which way you're going? I hope that 
most of your year has been upward. If not, maybe 
Conference will revive you. And I hope it will 
keep you alive, not just elevate you to a mountain- 
top from which you will soon descend. Work at 
growing in the Spirit after Conference-time. 

I am anxious to see many of you at our Confer- 
ence meetings. Your church should have received 
schedules by this time, but to remind you, the 
SMM meetings will be 1:30-2:30, Tuesday through 
Friday. I would like to encourage you girls who 
are not official Sisterhood members to join us 
for our programs. 

I've heard some girls say that they don't like 
Sisterhood, so they don't come. But this year's 
Tuesday and Thursday programs are great pro- 
grams, planned for the entire hour. The topics are 
missions and Christian dating, both of which 
should interest you as a Christian young woman. 
You are also welcome to attend the other two 
meetings, which are geared more to Sisterhood 

You SMM girls are expected to attend all four 
days. I'm excited about our meetings. (We should 
be able to give everyone a chair this year, because 
we've asked for a larger room.) Delegates will 
need to present their credentials to the SMM 

registration preceding the meeting in order to 

Your groups should plan on buying the reading 
books and other materials during Conference week. 
They will be sold in the Convocation display area 
Wednesday through Friday. Check the program 
or the display table for the hours. At that time 
you will also be purchasing a booklet containing 
all the coming year's devotional programs, written 
by Mrs. Donald Rowser, the pastor's wife at the 
New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren Church. Each group 
will be entitled to two program packets at a 
minimal cost, and may purchase more if they 
want to. Groups requesting them after Conference 
will pay a higher cost (under two dollars) to cover 

These programs are designed to be used at your 
monthly meetings. They will no longer be printed 
in the Evangelist. We are hoping that you will 
be able to more easily keep track of where the 
appropriate program is in this way and use it 
more effectively. You may want the patroness to 
keep a copy of the programs, and pass the second 
copy to the various leaders. 

The monthly general secretary's letter will be 
coming directly to the contact person in your 
group instead of being in this magazine. Her 
letters should be read by all members. 

The reason for this change is because of our 
cost to the Brethren Publishing Company for the 
pages we've used. The donation we give them is 
not nearly enough to cover our usage, and the 
Evangelist does not reach all of you. The board 
felt that it was just not practical to continue using 
that method. This new format will reach every 
known society directly and will be a much more 
reasonable cost for our organization. I hope this 
method is acceptable to you. We would like to 
hear from you concerning it. 

This is my last general secretary's letter to 
you, since I will be leaving the office after Confer- 
ence. I have appreciated the opportunity to help 
God's church through Sisterhood and have been 
encouraged by you girls. Thank you for commun- 
icating with me throughout these two years. I pray 
that my successor will have as good an experience 
as I have had. May God bless you. 

In His service, 
Nancy Ronk 

August 1977 


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written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Missionaries of the Bible 

Noah and His Neighbors 





God commanded Noah to 
of animal into the Ark. 

Photos courtesy Sun Classic Pictures 
take two of every kind 

Long ago, when God looked at the earth He had 
created, He was very sad. 

Oh, the earth itself was a good and beautiful 
place. It was the people living on the earth that 
made God sad. They would lie and cheat and steal 
and murder and do all kinds of wicked things. 

"I am sorry I made people for the earth," said 
God. "They are all evil, and I will destroy them — 
all but Noah. 

"Noah has not forgotten Me. He prays to Me 
and tries to obey Me. He has taught his three sons 
about Me. Yes, I will save Noah and his family 
when I destroy the earth." 

One day God spoke to Noah. "Noah, I see how 
wicked the people are. I have decided to destroy 
them. I will flood the whole earth. You and your 
family only will I save. 

"Make a large boat. Make it 450 feet long, 75 
feet wide, and 45 feet high. Put a window at the 
top and a door at the side. Divide the boat into 
three decks. Have your sons help you and begin 
building it now." 

For years and years Noah and his sons worked 
building the boat, which they called an ark. They 
cut the trees and sawed the lumber and made 
the nails. They built the frame exactly as God 
had said — 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet 

"What are you doing, Noah?" asked one of his 

"Building a boat," answered Noah. 

"A boat!" said the neighbor. "There's no place 
around here to sail a boat!" 

"God told me to build this ark," replied Noah. 

Readiness Activities 

Readiness activities are designed to prepare pupils 
for learning. Beginning with this month's program 
Mrs. Holsinger is providing suggested activities. Use 
them to involve early arrivers or as the first part of 
your Signal Lights meeting. 

If an idea is not suited to your situation, use the 
suggestions as a starting point for developing your 
own activities. 

Parents will find the readiness activities and the 
Signal Lights stories offer an excellent opportunity 
to provide Bible teaching in the home, too. 

1. Have a roll of paper (such as shelf paper) and 
crayons for the children who want to draw large 
pictures of animals. Encourage them to think of 
the many different kinds — wild animals, farm 
animals, birds, insects. Use this "parade" of ani- 
mals later in telling the Bible story. 

2. Some of the children may make Bible people 
using clothespins, chenille wires (for arms), and 
scraps of cloth. Have a bulletin-board display of 
Bible people for the children to refer to in dressing 
their clothespins. Use these "people" also in telling 
your story. 


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"He's going to send a flood to destroy all the wick- 
ed people on earth." 

"Ha! Ha! Ha!" laughed the neighbor. "That's 
a good story!" 

"It's true," said Noah. "Tell God you're sorry, 
and he'll save you, too." 

"Noah, you're crazy," said the man, "and so 
are your three sons." 

Soon everyone around heard of silly Noah and 
his three sons building a huge boat miles and 
miles away from any water. Every day people 
came to watch and to laugh and to joke about 
the ark. 

Every day Noah talked to them. "God doesn't 
want to destroy you. He will save you if you will 
stop being wicked and obey Him." 

But the people only laughed at Noah and con- 
tinued to lie and to cheat and to steal and to mur- 
der and to do all kinds of wicked things. 

One day God said, "The time has come, Noah. 
Take two of every kind of animal and bird and 
insect into the ark. Take your wife and your sons 
and their wives and go into the ark." 

One last time Noah talked to the people. "Be- 
lieve God. He is going to send the flood. "Tell Him 
you are sorry before it is too late." 

The people laughed. They laughed as they 
watched the parade of animals go into the ark. 
They laughed when Noah's sons and their wives 

Memory Scripture: God saved Noah, a preacher 
of righteousness. H Peter 2:5 

Noah and his family worked hard to build the 
huge Ark. While they worked, the people made fun 
of them. 

went into the ark. Noah heard them laughing as 
he and his wife went into the ark. 

Then God closed the door and He sent the flood 

to wash away all the evil and wickedness on the 

earth. Noah and his family were safe in the ark. 

— Based on Genesis 6 and 7; II Peter 2:5 

Home Missions Sfory 

A Missionary Uncle 

Susan and Jean were walking home from school. 

"Saturday we're going to visit my uncle," said 
Susan. "He's a missionary." 

Jean looked at her friend in amazement. "A 
missionary!" she said. "And you're going to visit 

"Sure," replied Susan. "We usually go one week- 
end in the fall and again in the spr4ng. 

"You're kidding me," said Jean. 

"No, I'm not," answered Susan. "There's my 
brother Dan. He'll tell you it's true." 

"Wait up, Dan," yelled Susan. 

Both girls ran to catch up with Dan. 

"Dan, aren't we going to see Uncle Dick?" asked 

"Saturday morning bright and early we leave," 
said Dan. 

"Is your Uncle Dick a missionary?" asked Jean. 

Dan nodded. 

"Where does he live?" Jean wanted to know. 
"In India or Africa?" 

Susan and Dan laughed. 

"No," said Dan. 

"He lives in Virginia," said Susan. 

"I knew you were kidding me," said Jean. "Your 
Uncle isn't a missionary." 

"Wait a minute!" said Dan. "Do you think all 
missionaries go to other countries?" 

"Don't they?" asked Jean. 

"No," Dan answered. "There are many mission- 
aries working here in the United States." 

"Why do we need missionaries?" asked Jean. 

"Many people have never heard of Jesus," re- 
plied Susan. "Our church sends pastors to areas 
where we don't have a congregation. They tell 
people about Jesus. They begin a new church. 
That's a home mission church." 

"Oh," said Jean. "Then Uncle Dick is a pastor 
of a home mission church. So he's a missionary." 

"Right," said Dan. "When he comes to visit us, 
I'll invite you over." 

"Don't forget," said Jean. "Here's my house. 
See you tomorrow." 

She went into the house. Susan and Dan ran 

This year in Signal Lights you will be hearing 
stories about boys and girls in some of our home 
mission churches. Our Signal Lights project offer- 
ing will be used to help these mission churches. 
Begin saving your money now so you can help the 
mission pastors tell more boys and girls about 

August 1977 



It's Time for PosJfive Action 

XT was sheer joy for me to read Dick 

Winfield's article (on resolutions of the 
General Conference this century — see page 
9), His research through dozens of dusty 
annuals was extensive. He could have 
written much more. 

Our inspiration for this assignment re- 
sulted from a meeting with new AC Presi- 
dent Arthur Schultz. When he asked about 
the Brethren Church's stated positions on 
certain moral issues, we had to reply that 
Conference statements have been vague at 
best, and non-existent or forgotten at worst. 

Dick found grandiose resolutions that 
either contained no means for implemen- 
tation or were assigned to a committee for 
study (an easy way to thwart significant 
action). Some resolutions were passed and 
promptly forgotten or ignored. And some 
General Conferences were strikingly devoid 
of significant action . . . apart from hearing 
reports and electing officers. 

As the editorial staff of our denomina- 
tion's magazine, we feel it is imperative for 
Conference to take positive action when it 
meets. But resolutions must be carefully 
framed if they are to have any effect. 

First, resolutions on Brethren Church 
concerns and needs should: 1) clearly de- 
fine the problem, and state the desired 
solution; 2) contain biblical justification, 
when appropriate; 3) assign someone the 
responsibility for solving the problem; and 
4) require accountability for completing 
the task (through a proposed timetable or 
a reporting date). 

Second, resolutions on societal, spiritual, 
and moral issues must be more than general, 
pious statements of opposition. They must 
state clearly where we stand as a church 
at this point in time. They should include: 
1) a statement of our position; 2) biblical 
justification for that position; and 3) spe- 
cific steps to be taken by General Confer- 

ence and/or local churches to bring about 
a positive solution. 

Of course, we Brethren have always been 
hesitant of establishing a creed or state- 
ment of faith . . . and we do want to avoid 
any tendency toward legalism, in its worst 

That has not been our error in recent 
years. Rather, we have not given our people 
a firm place to stand. As a church in the 
modern world, we must define how we may 
be "in the world, but not of the world." 

And, of course, Brethren since the early 
1700's have sought to be open to new light 
at a future date. We don't necessarily need 
positions set in cement; but we do need 
a platform upon which to stand, grounded 
in God's Word. 

WE have several significant issues facing 
us this General Conference : a memorial 
from a Brethren congregation, making 
inquiry about requirements for church 
membership; a proposal from the Polity 
Committee on church organization; and 
recommendations from Moderator McCann 
on the structure of the General Conference 
Executive Committee and the Spiritual 
State of the Churches Committee. 

Other issues we feel this Conference 
should consider are: the growth of por- 
nography and moral decadence in our com- 
munities and our response; the issue of 
reserving a minute each day for silent 
meditation in public school classrooms; 
where we stand today on the use of alcohol, 
tobacco, and drugs; and positive steps 
Brethren churches might take in dealing 
with differences over the charismatic 

If we are going to gather 500 delegates 
from across the United States to conduct 
business, we must take significant, long- 
lasting action. □ 

Ron Waters asks, "Will this year's Conference 
resolutions make a significant difference for 
Christ and His Church?" 


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The Brethren Evangelist gave over 
$4,000 to missions last year. 

Why? Because we believe in the outreach 
ministry of Brethren missionaries ... of 
people like Ken Solomon in Colombia. 

When you give money to the Missionary 
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to go to the fields. But you also want to 
hear what that money is doing . . . about 
the changed lives that come from knowing 
Jesus Christ. 

So we gave $4,420.09 to missions in 
1976 — not in cash contributions, but by 
providing promotional materials in the 
Brethren Evangelist below our cost. 

And we gave $2,061.99 to Christian 
Education, $2,822.96 to the Benevolent 
Board, $1,451.79 to World Relief, $784.94 
to Ashland College and Seminary, and 
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The end of summer is a good 
time for churches to consider 
new ways of growing. Read the 
first in a series of articles on 
models of church growth on 
page 4. 

Vol. 99. No. 9 


September 1977 

4 Surprising, Predictable Growth 

Maurertown Brethren Church, located in an area of low growth 
potential, is nonetheless growing. Read Kent Bennett's descrip- 
tion of this model of church growth. 

8 You Can Find Your Unique Ministry 

Jeannette Lockerbie offers suggestions on how you, too, can 
discover God's purpose for you. Sequel to her article "Freedom 
to Be Yourself." 

9 Virginia Burt: New Life at 70 

Clarence Stogsdill presents a member of his church who has 
found her own ministry. 

12 Johnstown Digs Out 

A special report on Brethren and the Johnstown "Flood of 

Brethren Church Ministries 
20 Missions 

Free Clinic: ministering to the whole man, and making the 
man whole; All India Congress on Mission and Evangelization; 
Some Times at Brethren House. 

1 1 Update 
1 9 Books 

25 Church Growth Forum 

Satan's Master Plan: Paralysis. 

26 Signal Lights 

Message from the King; A Note to the Pastor; Cross Word 

Editor's note — Program material for local Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha societies is being offered in booklet form. All pro- 
grams for the year are in the booklet. These may be ordered 
from: Becky Grumbling, Literature Secretary, 126 Maple 
St., Ashland, Ohio 448O5. Cost is $2.50 plus 25*^ postage. Pro- 
grams were written by Mrs. Don Rowser. 

September 1977 

Models of Church Growth 




Can a church with a low growth potential 
grow anyway? Yes, and Kent Bennett tells 
how it's happening at Maurertown. 

* B 'HE Maurertown Brethren Church and 
1 Sunday School are experiencing steady, 
exciting, and multidimensional growth. 
Members and friends of the congregation 
sense that the Lord is building this part of 
His body out of obedient disciples who 
honor His lordship and love His will. 

The reasons for this growth are many. 
In some respects it was predictable; in 
others, it is surprising. 

The surprising element is that this growth 
is taking place in an area with low growth 
potential. Maurertown is located in an over- 
churched part of an overchurched county. 
The population growth of the area is 
steady, but not spectacular. 

The predictable elements of this growth 
are seen in the following analysis. 

A good tradition of church growth to 
build on. The Maurertown Church is the 
mother church of the Southeast District. 
E. B. Shaver, the founding father and 
inspiring leader of this church, has been 
called "the Moses of the Shenandoah 
Valley" and the "War Horse and Leader 
of the Progressive Movement" in the South- 
east District. He earned these titles by his 
restless participation in planting new 
churches in Virginia, West Virginia, and 
Maryland. His concern, and that of other 

Kent Bennett is the active pastor of the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church. 

charter members, continues on in the hearts 
of the current band of disciples who min- 
ister here. 

The spiritual stability of the congrega- 
tion. The stability of the Maurertown 
congregation is shown by the fact that 
Maurertown has been served by only seven 

pastors in her 91-year history! Pastor and 
people have been able to work together over 
long periods of time. Serious conflict be- 
tween the congregation and the pastor 
occurred only once in 91 years. 

This stability gives evidence of the strong 
Christian love, the continuing forbearance, 
and the deep relationship of ongoing for- 
giveness v/hich has existed between the 
pastor and the people at Maurertown. This 
stability enhances the congregation's stand- 
ing in the eyes of the community. People 
want to become a part of a spiritual family 
which lives and serves together in Chris- 
tian love and peace. 

Good pastoral leadership. The following 
men have each made a unique contribution 
in the past to this strong, steady stream 
of expanding spiritual life: E. B. Shaver, 
Ed Miller, Bob Hoffman, Clyde Baum- 
gardner, Wilbur Thomas, and Doc Shank. 
Each man was different and each minis- 
tered with different spiritual gifts, but 
each contributed his individual part to the 
well-being and development of the whole 

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strong, fair leadership by local laypeople. 

Maurertown has been blessed with some 
very capable leaders. The moderator is 
everything the name and role suggest; the 
Sunday school superintendent is also gifted 
in administration and management. Other 
officers and board members all function 
smoothly, and each person brings his or 
her own spiritual gift and natural talent 
to the service of Christ. The results are 
spiritual and numerical growth. 

The equipping ministry of the denomi- 
national boards and executives. Maurer- 
town's growth began before this equipping 
was made available to her, but the timing 
of the denominational emphasis on church 
growth could not have come at a more ideal 
time. Two Church Growth Seminars and 
the Layman Alive training have blessed 
Maurertown in double measure. Over 40 
of our people were trained and equipped 
through these seminars. 

Incorporation of new converts into the 
life and ministry of the church. This prac- 
tice has contributed to a tremendous and 
rapid pace of spiritual growth in the lives 
of these new converts. Many of them have 
been trained to share Christ, and they do 
so with enthusiasm and with lasting results. 

An attitude of openness to growth and 
new people by older members. In earlier 
years people now in their fifties to seven- 
ties experienced an unwillingness by their 
elders to give young people and new con- 
verts a part in the life and ministry of the 
church. This generation has worked to 
change that attitude, and they have done 
so beautifully. 

A deliberate deemphasis on the pastor 
as the only minister in the church. A large 
number of people in this church see them- 
selves as ministers and are functioning in 
their ministries. The New Testament con- 
cept of the priesthood and ministry of 
every believer is an increasing reality here. 
New converts and older Christians alike 
feel much more a part of the ministering 
body of Christ because of this deemphasis 
on a one man show. 

An attempt to minister the whole gospel 
to the whole man. We seek to avoid the 
unnatural compartmentalization of human 
beings into body, mind, spirit, and soul. We 
try to see a human being as a whole person 
and to minister to him or her at the point 
of need. 

This has led us to cut wood, have food 
showers, give money, baby sit, and work 
with state agencies to help get people back 
on their feet. One exciting result — our Lord 
has enabled us to work together with the 
state to help an ex-convict acquire a job 
which is enabling him to make a decent 
living and to stay out of crime. 

A strong emphasis on fellowship. Fel- 
lowship is a sacred concept here. We guard 
it in our thinking and speaking, as we do 
the precious name of God. We have come 
to see that most churches leave no real 
time for fellowship. Each part of their pro- 
gram is devoted to some particular emphasis 
so that fellowship is incidental and not 
the major focus of any part. We therefore 
reserve weekly or biweekly meetings to 
share burdens, joys, struggles, and vic- 
tories. The only agenda is you and me and 
our spiritual pilgrimage. 







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A strong emphasis on worship. We seek 
to involve as many people as possible in 
participatory roles in the worship service. 
We emphasize deliberate warmth and 
friendliness and have an exciting, inspiring 
choir ministry. We also put special emphasis 
on the proclamation of the Word of God 
as "good news" for broken mankind. 

An adult elective Sunday school system. 

This is another way we emphasize fellow- 
ship and concern for one another. And in 
this atmosphere of relaxed informality, 
class members study the Word of God 
directly around tables. 

Acceptance of people as they are. We 

value people above appearances, and our 
people accept others regardless of dress, 
hair styles, and other cultural incidentals. 
We seek to rise above local, regional, state, 
and national prejudices. We believe Jesus 
Christ Himself is our model for this. 

An ongoing program of multifaceted 
visitation. Pat Velanzon, a new convert 
and former Catholic, is the chairman of 
this weekly visitation program. When we 
first started the program, we averaged one 
conversion for every team visit. This con- 
tinued for about six weeks. 

This program has been expanded to 
include (1) friendship visitation — to ex- 
press Christian friendliness to prospects 

This growth is taking place in an 
area with a low growth potential. 
But the growth was predictable in 
light of certain growth principles 
practiced by the church. 

or members; (2) church-centered visitation 
— to invite others to church; and (3) evan- 
gelistic visitation — to present the claims 
of Jesus Christ through the use of the 
"Four Spiritual Laws" or some other evan- 
gelistic tool. One of the amazing side effects 
of this program has been that the Lord has 
sent us people we haven't even visited, in 
addition to those we do visit. 

Sunday night Bible studies. These are 
chapter by chapter studies of books of the 
Bible. So far we have studied Romans, 
I John, and the Revelation. We have sensed 
the presence of the Spirit of God as He 
teaches us the Word, and this has led to 

new understanding of salvation. Christian 
growth, the nature of the church, and the 
events of the end time. 

A ministry to people in their brokenness. 

We see ourselves as the fellowship of the 
forgiven and the forgiving, and we don't 
feel that we are above troubled people nor 
better than others. God has given this 
congregation a rare and beautiful spirit of 
acceptance of others as they are. Very 
rarely does anyone point a finger at some- 
one who is struggling against sin and some- 
times losing. This spirit of Christian com- 
passion and acceptance is sensed and 
appreciated by broken people and by us all. 

Submission to Christ as head. No one 

individual and no group or board dominates 
the church. We sense that it is not our 
church but Christ's. He is the controlling 
Lord and the Holy Spirit is the ruling Spirit. 
Again and again we have had the strong 
impression that what is happening here is 
bigger than any one of us or any group 
of us. 

A faithfulness to our true identity. We 

see ourselves as a spiritual brotherhood — 
a family. We seek to be progressive — to 
dress the gospel in the clothing of today so 
that today's world citizen can understand 
it. And we seek to be open to new light. 
God has all the truth; the Word of God 
contains all of the truth; but no one man, 
church, or denomination knows, under- 
stands, and applies it all. We are therefore 
attempting to be open and teachable rather 
than close-minded and dogmatic. This has 
led some of our people to have different 
experiences of the Holy Spirit than others 
without feeling superior or more spiritual 
than these other genuine Christians whose 
experiences may be different. 

This openness to the work of God in our 
world and in our church has blessed and 
enriched our congregational life and min- 
istry. This spirit of tolerance and acceptance 
of different Christian experiences and ex- 
pressions has led us to a deeper under- 
standing of one another and of the body 
of Christ throughout the world. 

We feel that many tragic divisions in 
the Christian church could be avoided if 
we would allow Christ to be the head of 
His church and His Spirit to work as He 
wills. We are glad for, enriched by, and 
spiritually stronger because of our expec- 
tation that other Christians will express 
themselves in different ways than we might. 
We welcome it, seek to learn from it, and 
seek to share our own unique understand- 
ings and experiences with those who are 
different from us. D 


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Front elevation of the present Maurertown Brethren Church (left) and the new John Locke Memorial 
Educational Unit. 

Maurertown adds educational unit 

Having more people requires more space. 

Both numerical and spiritual growtii are taking 
place at Maurertown. Numerically the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church has grown by 55 new 
members in four years. Most of these new 
members are also Christian disciples. Many of 
them have grown far more quickly and much 
farther than many Christians who have been in 
churches for 30 or 40 years. 

These disciples are faithful in worship and 
study, they have private and family devotions, 
and they know how to share their faith in Jesus 
Christ and have done so on the job and in the 
community. They care about and minister to 
each other's spiritual needs, cind they give their 
tithe and more. Yet some of these people have 
only been Christians for one to three years. 

The spiritual and numerical growth of this 
congregation is reflected in the church giving. 
During the past four years, weekly Sunday 
school and church giving has increased from 
$300-$400 per Sunday to $1000 per week. If it 
is true that a man's money and his soul travel 
in the same direction, then the Maurertown 
Brethren are apparently traveling toward their 
heavenly Father! 

In order to provide for the growth in their 
congregation, the Maurertown Church plans to 
add an addition to their building. Classrooms 
and sanctuary are already overcrowded and are 
limiting growth. Therefore the congregation has 
discerned that it is the will of God for them to 
add a new multi-purpose education unit to the 
existing structure. 

Sunday, June 12, was designated as Faith 
Commitment Sunday for this new addition. A 
financial goal was set for that Sunday by the 
Building Finance Committee. The goal was 
$10,000 in cash and commitments. 

A special worship service was planned. Every 
part of the service — hymns, choir numbers. 
Scripture reading, and message — focused on 
faith commitment to the new unit. Near the 
conclusion of the service the gifts and commit- 
ments were counted. Astonishment and joy 
permeated the sanctuary when Fred Helsley, 
Building Fund Treasurer, announced that the 
total cash received was $7,460.20 and that total 
faith commitments totaled $20,170. 

The Maurertown congregation has unanimous- 
ly decided to dedicate their new education unit 
to the memory of Dr. John F. Locke. The 
Maurertown Brethren Church was Dr. Locke's 
home church. He experienced conversion. Chris- 
tian growth, and the call into the Christian 
ministry in this congregation. The church is 
showing its love and appreciation for this out- 
standing educator, preacher, newspaper colum- 
nist, pastor, and denominational leader by nam- 
ing this new addition the John Locke Memorial 

Friends and admirers of Dr. Locke who wish 
to share in this tribute to him may do so by 
sending designated gifts to the Maurertown 
Brethren Church, Box 25, Maurertown, Va. 22644. 

September 1977 

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Can Find 

Jeannette Lockerbie says you, 
too, can discover God's 
purpose for your life. 

TT makes sense that God has a plan for 
each individual. It figures that He has 
some special thing for you and me to do. 
Something that no one else is equally cap- 
able of doing. Why? Because each of us 
is unique ; we are each one of a kind. When 
God made us He threw away the individual 
molds. God deals only in originals. 

One day I took some friends to visit the 
famous Huntington Library in San Marino. 
At the entrance to the main art galleries I 
reminded one of our party that she would 
get to see the original Gainsborough's The 
Bine Boy. Hearing me, a uniformed attend- 
ant added, "Every one of our paintings is 
an original." I felt justly squelched. 

In a far more significant sense, however, 
each human being is an original. God the 
Originator is the Creator of billions of 
people — and no two are alike. We use in- 
dividual fingerprints as proof. But increas- 
ingly unique features unfold, none more 
meaningful than the individual thought 
processes. God does not make carbon copies 
and when, as seems likely, man will "repro- 
duce himself" in a mechanical wonder-being, 
it will lack the very components that would 
qualify it as man. It will not be made in 
God's image, and will not be unique — exact 
copies will be possible. 

It follows, then, that since God has taken 
such care to make us individuals. He must 
have a blueprint for your life and mine. 

It is exciting to realize this, and I have 
long been impressed with the Bible verse: 

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ 
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before 
ordained" (Ephesians 2:10). 

God-ordained work. A specific work for 
each one of us. That should take care of 
the plaintive "Why am I here?" Having a 
job to do that no one else in all the world 
is so uniquely equipped to do — ^^shouldn't this 
add dignity to what we work at? Shouldn't 
it cause us to hold up our heads? Does it 
not make life worth something? Yet, so 
often, when life deals us what we consider 
at the time a knockout blow, how we are 
prone to cry out, "Life's just not worth 

The antidote to such debilitating think- 
ing, obviously, can be the recognition that 
God does have an assignment for us, what- 
ever we might think of our potential. "I see 
people every day who have abilities I do 

Mrs. Lockerbie is editor of Psychology for Living 
magazine. This article is from her new book, 
FIFTY PLUS, published by Rev ell. The first part 
of this article appeared in the June 1977 issue. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

not have," writes Charles L. Allen. "But 
when I realize that God made me as I am 
for a special purpose, there is no reason 
for me to resent the fact that He made 
other people for different purposes." 

This author has expressed exactly what 
I have discovered for myself in my recy- 
cling process. There is no more liberating 
concept than this, that God made us what 
we are, to accomplish His design for us. 
When this truth sank into my consciousness, 
I stopped having envious feelings about 
some people's ability to do things I could 
never even approximate. I recognized that 
they have their talents and I have mine; 
that they came from the same Source, and 
that with our varied abilities we have cor- 
responding responsibilities. 

"Fine," you might be parrying, "but what 
if I don't ever find out where my talents lie ? 
What can I do at this crossroads where the 
props have fallen from under me? How do 
you propose I should carry out God's plan 
for my life?" 

That is a fair and sensible question, and 
for each person the "how" is different. One 
cannot arbitrarily tell another, "This is 
what you should do," or, "I feel God would 
have you do this." God would not be what 
we know Him to be — the God who is Love, 
who is Light and who is Truth — if He played 
games with us. God does not tease ; He does 
not tantalize, dangling promises before our 
eyes and then not keeping them. That is 
man's way at times, but never God's way. 
He has said in His Word: "Ask — and you 
will receive. Seek — and you will find. Kjiock 
— and it will be opened to you" (see 
Matthew 7:7). 

It all begins with asking. When we ask, 
we are admitting our own insufficiency, and 
this puts us right in line for God's suffici- 
ency. Sound pious or preachy? It is neither. 
It is God's method of directing us when we 
really want His direction. I believe that God 
delights in revealing Himself and His will to 
us. I have a friend who says, "You have to 
want God's will desperately, to get it." That 

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Virginia Burt: New Life at 70 

Mrs. Virginia Burt of Tucson, Arizona, found 
new life in Jesus Christ at a later time in life 
than most people. But she has been making up 
for "lost time" by serving her Lord with more 
enthusiasm than many other Christians. 

Virginia is an articulate person, and can 
express her faith with love and great preciseness. 
Therefore, she is a beautiful witness for the 
Lord. She often witnesses to groups of people 
at one time. 

Prayer is also important to Virginia, and she 
spends hours daily praying for others. She does 
not have the means to contribute heavily to the 
financial needs of the needy, so she prays long 
hours for them, trusting the Lord to work out 
the details. 

For the past year Virginia has served as 
librarian of the little corner Ellery Strunk 
Library at the Tucson, Arizona, First Brethren 
Church, where she is a member. Her enthusiasm 
for her job and her attention to detail have made 
the church library a pleasant, efficient place to 
check out books. The members of the Tucson 
First Brethren Church appreciate her conscien- 
tious work as librarian. 

Virginia is a very sweet Christian who has had 
many trials. Her husband, Roger, was a dentist 
until his untimely death thirty years ago in an 
auto accident. Virginia has lived all these years 
with the memories of a once happy marriage. 

According to the calendar, Virginia is in her 

by Clarence S+ogsdill 

Virginia Burt in the Strunk Library. 

seventies. But she is one of the youngest in spirit 
of her congregation. She is constantly searching 
for new ways to serve her Lord Jesus Christ. 
And she is a constant reminder to the members 
of her church that the Christian life is not to 
be taken for granted. 

September 1977 

would speak of a crisis situation such as 
creates the need for recycling. I go along 
with this friend's thinking, for it is the 
very nature of human beings to muddle 
along "doing it myself" and not seeking 
God's will and His help until stringent cir- 
cumstances drive us to it. It is then, gen- 
erally, that we quit window-shopping with 
regard to God's will, and get serious about 

Sometimes God answers our asking and 
our seeking by calling into play some na- 
tural talent. This is what happened in my 
case: I had always been admiring of writ- 
ers, to the point of awe; and while I might 
have vaguely dreamed of how wonderful 
it would be to write a book, I had never 
visualized myself as capable of even be- 
ginning such a thing! 

"Your natural abihties," says Dr. Clyde 
Narramore, "are God's suggestions for 
your life's work." We unquestionably do 
better and with greater ease the thing for 
which we have some natural ability. This 
means that we can usually realize a measure 
of success in this area. Big successes are 
built on small ones, and the fact is that 
even a small success is ego building (much 
needed in the person who has suffered a 
shattering blow of any kind and who may 
bscause of it feel worthless). It is then that 
success in one area helps our confidence to 
reach out and try other new things. When 
our work pleases and we begin to receive 
approbation, the message comes across not 
only that what we do is okay, but that "I 
am okay." And that is a good feeling. 

For most people, acceptance of something 
we have created (or otherwise been respon- 
sible for) says, "I am somebody; I am 
worthwhile; I have value," and this leads to 
"I can." It helps when someone whose 
opinion you value comes along and under- 
lines what a publisher (in my case) has 
said in response to your initial try. 

This calls to mind another warm little 
scene. It was my birthday, and my daughter, 
Jeannie, was home for the weekend from 
her nursing school. She picked up the mail 
and, waving a little magazine in her hand, 
called airily, "Mother, a by-line on your 
birthday!" It was indeed. Just a back-page 
item, but it was the first writing I had pub- 
lished. My name was on it. I was on my way. 
I was tasting the first fruits of the freedom 
to be myself. 

To the person whose circumstances make 
it mandatory for you to create a new future 
for yourself, I offer these suggestions for 
recycling : 

1. Consider (sit down and take time for 
this) : "What do I enjoy doing most?" 

"It follows that since God has taken 
such care to make us individuals, 
He nnust have a blueprint for your 
life and mine." 

2. Probe further: "If nothing prevent- 
ed me, if I could choose my own vocation, 
what would I choose to spend my life 

3. Ask: "How prepared am I for such 
work?" and objectively evaluate your ability 
in the direction of your preference. 

4. Contemplate: "Am I willing to fur- 
ther my training if need be?" (I should 
interject here that at the very first oppor- 
tunity after discovering my writing gift, 
I began to study the craft, and still take 
every opportunity to sharpen my skills.) 

5. Start each day by thanking God for 

the gift He has given you, then humbly 
offer it back to God for Him to bless and 
increase. This is the most important tip 
one person could ever give another. It is 
the core secret of the success I have known. 
Starting the day with this good relationship 
with the Lord energizes my mind and frees 
the flow of the creativity juices. This is true 
whatever the area of your talent. 

6. Believe in yourself. A woman I know 
has come a long way in believing in herself. 
She used to be so insecure and self-effacing 
— but she worked on this area in her life, 
sought God's help, and came to realize that, 
far from being a nobody, she was one of 
God's somebodies. A fine worker, she had 
never really reached her potential. Then 
one day she applied for a new position. At 
the end of the questionnaire given her to 
fill out was this question: "Why, in your 
opinion, should you be given this position?" 

Without hesitation she wrote: "I feel you 
can do no better than hire me. I'm qualified 
and I'm dependable and my work record will 
prove this." 

She got the job — -because she believed in 
herself. This is one of the great plus factors 
when you know the freedom of being 

It can make all the difference in your 
recycling process. □ 


The Brethren Evangelist 


news from the Brethren Church 

and the Evangelical Press Association 


Elkhart, Ind. — On Sunday, September 11, a dream 
will come true for the Winding Waters Brethren 
Church. They will break ground for a new 

The ground breaking will be the culmination 
of years of faith and hope which began in 1964. 
That year the church was founded as a daughter 
congregation of the Elkhart First Brethren Church 
and broke ground for their first sanctuary. At 
that time the members had a vision for a larger 
vv'orship area for the future. 

Since then an educational unit has been added. 
In 1974 a new parsonage was constructed and has 
been completely paid for. 

According to Pastor Fred Finks, who has served 
the church since 1972, "The vision for a new sanc- 
tuary will be captured in a spirit of faith and 
great excitement" on September 11. 

"The design is unique," he said, "but that follows 
the pattern of the Winding Waters Brethren 

The structure is from the Old World, incor- 
porating the history of the early Brethren in 
Schwarzenau, Germany. "It's lines lift one upward 
to give glory to God for His greatness. It also 
captures the beauty and inspiration for the worship 
of God," he said. 

The seating will be semi-circular in design to 
create a mood of openness and warmth. 

The new sanctuary will seat approximately 550 

Bits 'n Pieces 

Dr. Delbert Flora will be the speaker for Bible 
Lectures to be held at the Buiiington, Ind., First 
Brethren Church September 26 through October 
2, 1977. 

Loree's retiring pastor W. E. Thomas has an- 
nounced that he will continue to be available for 
some evangelistic work. You may contact him at 
8A Retire Lane, Two Rivers Trailer Court, 
Bradenton, Florida 33508. 

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Artist's conception of the new sanctuary for the 
Winding Waters Brethren Church. 

persons. The structure will also house new offices, 
a reception area, narthex, and a balcony. 

The present sanctuary will be remodeled for a 
fellowship hall, recreation area, and church school 

Rose completes church growth tour 
with Dr. Arn, McGavran 

Ashland, Ohio — Rev. Smith Rose, Executive Sec- 
retary of the Central Council of the Brethren 
Church, took part in an Advanced Traveling 
Church Growth Seminar with Dr. Win Arn, Dr. 
Donald McGavran, and twenty-four other partici- 
pants during July. The three-week seminar tour 
took them to Rome, Greece, Israel, Turkey, 
London, and Copenhagen. 

The tour visited many of the sites important 
to biblical and early church history. The partici- 
pants had the opportunity to view these places in 
terms of church growth — to consider what caused 
Christianity and the church to flourish or to fail 
at any particular place and time, and to reflect 
on the status of the church in those areas today. 
The group combined sightseeing with times for 
lectures and discussions led by Dr. McGavran and 
Dr. Arn. 

The travel seminar, which Rev. Rose took as a 
personal venture, has given him insights which 
will be helpful in his work with the Brethren 

September 1977 



Johnstown digs out, will rebuild; 
Brethren help in relief effort 

by Ron Waters 

It happened again in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 
July 19 and 20. A raging thunderstorm lodged in 
the Conemaugh Valley, dropping 11 inches of rain 
in a seven-hour period. 

The result was the city's third devastating flood 
in 88 years. In all there were 73 dead, 15 more 
still missing, and an estimated $200 million 

Most Brethren in the area were spared major 
damage to their homes or church buildings. 

But two families from Third Brethren Church 
lost their lives in the tragedy. Dead were Allen 
Blough, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blough; 
his wife, Jennifer, 28; their daughter. Desire, 2y2; 
and Kenneth Weaver, 73, and his wife, Edith Fern, 

All five lived in Tanneryville, one of the hardest 
hit sections of Johnstown when an earthen dam 
above the area gave way. 

The destruction was unbelievable and indes- 
cribable. Quiet streams raged out of their banks, 
lifting houses from their foundations, tearing 
gaping holes in others, and even lifting pavement 
from some highways. An estimated 50,000 people 
were displaced by the flood. 

Brethren in the Johnstown area showed their 
concern by joining in relief efforts. Members of 
the Vinco Brethren Church gave nearly $13,030 
from their treasury and through a special offer- 
ing. The Woman's Missionary Societies cooked 
and served two meals a day at nearby Mineral 
Point while other members helped with the clean- 
up operation there. They also furnished clothing 
and shelter for victims. 

Third Brethren Church members cooked meals 
for 1200 people a day in helping the Red Cross 
in their area. They also offered clothing and 
assistance with the clean-up effort. 

After the flood waters subsided, "Flood City" 
became "mud city." The Summer Crusader Educa- 
tion Unit C, originally scheduled for VBS at Second 
Brethren Church, spent a week assisting with 
clean-up. Earl Ely capably directed the efforts of 
Deb Munson, Fred Miller, Mary Ellen Bates, and 
Chuck Bowers. Pastor Harold Walton and others 
in the church provided housing and meals for the 
youth. Also, Jim Miller, a resident of Johnstown 
v/ho had completed his Summer Crusader service 
on the Camping Unit, offered additional assistance. 

The Crusaders mopped and washed walls at 
First Brethren Church, where the basement had 
been flooded. They also helped dig as much as 
four feet of mud out of basements in the area. 

According to Pastor Walton, Second Brethren 
Church received $500 from the World Relief Com- 
mission to aid in their community clean-up efforts. 
This money was part of an original $5000 taken 

from WRC's reserve relief funds. 

The WRC also served as "custodians" for a 
$25,000 grant from the Philadelphia-based Pew 
Memorial Trust, according to Brethren World 
Relief Board Chairman Phil Lersch. 

( Additional or replacement funds for Johnstown 
may be directed through the World Relief Board. 
Monies should be sent to Mr. George Kerlin, 
Treasurer, 1318 E. Douglas, Goshen, Ind. 46526, 
and designated "for Johnstown.") 

Is this the end for Johnstown? No. Billboards 
around the city proclaim, "We will rebuild togeth- 
er." And the hardy residents are rebuilding. But 
the memories of the "Flood of 1977" will linger 
on in the minds of all who experienced "the worst 
flood in Johnstown since 1889." 




Photo by Fred Burkey 

Summer Crusader Fred Miller carries mud and 

water from a church basement near Second Brethren 

in Johnstown. This basement had had four feet of 

mud as a result of the flood. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Youth "teefer-totfer" 
for World Relief 

Elkhart, Ind, — The youth of the Winding Waters 
Brethren Church held a 24-hour teeter-totter 
marathon for world missions on July 22 and 23. 
The "teeter-totter athon" was held at Maurek's 
IGA Supermarket, a 24-hour grocery store located 
near the church. 

The idea for the marathon came out of a brain- 
storming session on youth involvement in church 
growth and visibility at the Winding Waters 
Church. The idea was readily accepted by the 
senior youth and put into motion under the direc- 
tion of youth coordinator Jay Swinehart. 

Publicity was an important part of the mara- 
thon. Posters were made and the local newspaper 
was contacted. A news team from the local TV 
station also filmed a story of the event. 

Thousands of people drove or walked by the 
teeter-totter during the 24-hour period, and 
between $600.00 and $700.00 was raised for world 
missions. The money will be sent to feed hungry 
children in Haiti through the World Relief 

The youth of the church, who supported the 
marathon with great enthusiasm, were tired at 
its conclusion. But they were very happy at what 
they had accomplished. 

Scott Earnhart (left) and Betsy Hershberger take 
their turns on the teeter-totter. Jay Swinehart, youth 
coordinator, looks on. 

Dissertation abstract published 
by education journal 

Ashland, Ohio — ^The abstract from Dr. Fred 
Burkey's doctoral dissertation was published in 
the July-August 1977 issue of Religious Education. 
It was 1 of 45 abstracts selected for publication 
from all the doctoral dissertations written in the 
United States for a one-year period in 1974-75. 

Dr. Burkey's dissertation was entitled "Educa- 
tional Interests of Older Adult Members of the 
Brethren Church in Ohio." 

Religious Education is the official publication 
of the Religious Education Association of the 
United States and Canada. 

Dr. Burkey has been Director of Christian 
Education of the Brethren Church since 1967. He 
earned his Ph. D. from the Ohio State University 
in 1974. 

Sarasota expands radio ministry 

Sarasota, Fla. — Two additional radio stations, one 
in Florida and one in Pennsylvania, are now 
broadcasting the "Brethren Hour," a radio ministry 
founded and directed by Dr. J. D. Hamel, pastor 
of the Sarasota First Brethren Church. 

The "Brethren Hour" can now be heard from 

coast to coast in Florida on Radio Station WLBE- 
AM from Leesburg, Fla. This 5,000 watt station 
airs the program at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings 
at 790 on the radio dial. 

In Pennsylvania listeners in the Martinsburg 
area can now hear the "Brethren Hour" on 
WJSM-AM 1110 or WJSM-FM 92.7. 

This brings to eleven the total number of sta- 
tions broadcasting the "Brethren Hour" program. 
The program is carried by five stations in Florida, 
two in Indiana, two in Ohio, and one each in 
Texas and Pennsylvania. 

Church growth seminars scheduled 

Wheaton, 111. (NAE)— The Ohio Association of 
Evangelicals has announced four one-day Church 
Growth Seminars for the first week of November. 

Seminar leader will be Rev. Peter Unruh, direc- 
tor of Church Growth Planners and pastor of the 
Lakeside Baptist Church in Oakland, California. 
His emphasis on church growth has been on the 
qualitative aspects, and his presentations evidence 
his experience in this area. 

Seminars are scheduled for November 1 at the 
Grace Christian and Missionary Alliance Church 
in Cleveland; November 2 at Bluff ton College, 
Bluffton; November 3 at the Karl Road Baptist 
Church in Columbus; and November 4 at Covenant 
First Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati. 

September 1977 



Dear Ron, 

Just want to say a big "Amen" to your editorial, 
"It's Time for Positive Action" (August 1977 
issue). Thanks for taking the time to write it. 

And a big "Thanks" to Dick Winfield for his 
research into resolutions and recommendations 
made by General Conference in the past years. 

It is time for definite statements and actions by 
Brethren people if we have a message of hope 
for the world. 

■ Marjorie Long 

-: ., Dennison, Ohio 

Senior campers publish book; 
history of Indiana churches 

SMpshewana, Ind. — Senior high campers at Ship- 
shewana this year produced a book on the history 
of Indiana Brethren churches, in honor of the 
district's 90th anniversary. 

Entitled "The Brethren Church of Indiana," the 
book contains a history of each current congre- 
gation, a list of the pastors who have served each 
church, and photographs of buildings and present 
pastors. It also contains a brief history of the dis- 
trict as a whole. 

According to Camp Coordinator Ken Van Duyne, 
campers did the writing, layout and graphics, 
photography, proofreading, final typing, and ad- 
vertising of the book. 

Copies are available for $2.00 (plus 500 postage) 
by writing to Ken Van Duyne, Rt. 2, Box 130, 
Shipshewana, Ind. 46565. Quantity prices are avail- 
able upon request. 

Dear Mr. Rowsey, 

The Carpenter's Shop slide set arrived and was 
very much enjoyed at the evening meeting of the 
Meoma Circle of the First Brethren Church in 

We all sincerely thank you. 

May God bless you and your ministry. 

Mrs. Lloyd A. Kloepping 
Mt. Carroll, 111. 

Ed. note — The slide and sound program on the 
Carpenter's Shop was offered to WMS societies 
through the Woman's Outlook. Other groups wishing 
to view and hear the ministry of this Christian book- 
store may request the program by writing: John 
Rowsey, The Brethren Publishing Company, 524 
College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 448O5. There is no 
charge for use of the program. 

Calendar ©f Ivent's " 

September 15-17 — Southeast District Conference, 
Massanetta Springs, Virginia. 
September 17 — Ohio Conference Business Meeting, 
Delaware, Ohio. 

September 22-24 — Pennsylvania District Confer- 
ence (rescheduled due to Johnstown flood), Vinco, 

September 26 - October 2 — Bible Lectures, Burling- 
ton, Indiana, First Brethren Church. Delbert 
Flora, speaker. 

October 6-8 — Midwest District Conference, Morrill, 

November 1-4 — One-day Church Growth Seminars, 
sponsored by the Ohio Association of Evangelicals 
at Cleveland, Bluffton, Columbus, and Cincinnati. 
Seminar leader. Rev. Peter Unruh. 

Bryan Brethren fight hunger, 
break "Love Loaves" 

Bryan, Ohio — On Sunday, June 12, families of the 
First Brethren Church of Bryan, Ohio, broke open 
59 "Love Loaves," spilling out hundreds of pennies, 
nickels, dimes, and quarters they had saved. The 
breaking ceremony yielded $714.19. 

This breaking ceremony was the culminating 
event of a three-month long project to combat 
world hunger. The project was initiated by the 
church as a means to help starving people in the 
world's disaster areas. 

The Bryan Church will send 60% of the money 
received to the World Relief Commission. The 
remaining 40% will be sent to World Vision Inter- 
national, originator of the Love Loaf program. 
Both organizations will use the money for the 
physical and spiritual relief of needy people around 
the world. 

Rev. Marlin McCann, pastor of the Bryan 
Brethren Church, commented: "We believe the 
program is a success. It gave our church families 
a new awareness of world need as well as oppor- 
tunity to do something about it." 

Special Conference Report 

A special General Conference report is being 
produced and will be mailed shortly. 

Included in this special edition of the Brethren 
Evangelist will be descriptions of Conference pro- 
grams, highlights of Conference actions, and photo- 
graphs of various events. 

Also included in the special edition will be the 
annual report of the Brethren Publishing 

Watch your mail for its arrival. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Walcresf honors Dicksons on anniversary 

by Mrs, Helen Dickson 

The surprise was complete — the Walcrest Breth- 
ren Church of Mansfield, Ohio, found it possible 
to keep a secret from its pastor. 

On July 10 they honored Duane and me on the 
occasion of our 30th wedding anniversary. 

We thought we were to attend a fellowship for 
the Crusader Team that was starting its work 
that week at Walcrest. But it seems that the four 
Crusaders (Dave Kerner, Russ King, Jane Drexler, 
and Julie Slabaugh) — as well as many friends 
xFom the Indiana District — were in on the surprise. 

It was the duty of Rev. Gerald Barr, who was 
visiting his home church that week, to see that we 
arrived late. (This is the second unpardonable 
sin as far as Duane is concerned.) 

When we did arrive, we were greeted by a 
large group of friends and loved ones. The hostess- 
es were ready to serve from the lovely refresh- 
ment table, centered by a beautiful wedding cake 
made by Mrs. E. D. Nelson. The color scheme was 
pink and blue (our wedding colors). 

A huge bulletin board made by Mrs. John Brown 
was centered with a large picture of us and the 
children. It had been taken 20 years ago at County 
Line and was provided through the "courtesy" of 
Rev. Barr and several other conspirators. 

Richard Yarman, church moderator, presented 
us with a beautiful silver tray from the church. 
We also received a love gift and a card shower. 
All was recorded in a guest book presented by the 

Rev. Barr also presented us with a large card 
signed by friends of the County Line Brethren 
Church, our home congregation. 

Rev. and Mrs. Arden Gilmer were among the 
friends present. Arden had been a member of my 
first junior Sunday school class at County Line. 

Also present were Ron and Norma Waters, 
who have been quietly performing a valuable 
tent-making ministry in the Walcrest Church for 
the past year. 

The love and warmth shown us l3y this congre- 
gation will remain a lovely highlight in our book 
of happy memories. We are so thankful for this 
special church and praise the Lord for giving us 
the opportunity to serve Him together in this 
growing "church on the hill." 

Membership Growth 

Ardmore: 6 by baptism, 1 by letter 

Loree: 3 by baptism 

Mathias: 3 by baptism 

Oakville: 3 by baptism 

Sarasota: 19 by baptism, 7 by letter 

Photo by E. D. Nelson 
Helen and Duane Dickson were hon- 
ored by the Walcrest Church on their 
30th wedding anniversary. 

Graham going to Hungary 

Minneapolis, Minn. — Evangelist Billy Graham and 
the Rt. Rev. Sandor Palotay, representing the 
Council of Free Churches of Hungary, have 
announced that Dr. Graham and his Team have 
accepted an invitation to hold a series of religious 
meetings in Hungary. 

Dr. Walter H. Smyth, a Vice President of the 
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Direc- 
tor of BGEA's International Ministries, said, "It 
is hoped that such a visit shall take place in the 
foreseeable future, possibly this fall." 

The invitation to Dr. Graham came from a 
Hungarian delegation that included Palotay; the 
Rt. Rev. Janos Laczkovszki, President of the Bap- 
tist Church of Hungary and a former Vice Presi- 
dent of the Baptist World Alliance; Dr. Joseph 
Nagy, Dean of the Baptist Seminary of Budapest 
and a member of the General Council of the Bap- 
tist World Alliance; and Dr. Alexander S. 
Haraszti, Secretary of the Hungarian Baptist 
Union of America and a medical missionary vol- 
unteer under the Southern Baptist Foreign Mis- 
sions Board. 

The Hungarian invitation to Dr. Graham and his 
Team is "to pay a visit to Hungary, to hold reli- 
gious services, and to meet with ministers of the 
Gospel, church members, nonreligious citizens, 
church leaders, representatives of secular organ- 
izations and state officials." 

September 1977 




U.S. religious life on the rise 

New York (EP News) — After slipping downward 
for ten years, religious life in America seems to 
be on the rise according to scholars interviewed 
by AP Religion Writer George W. Cornell. 

"A new national mood of receptivity to spiritual 
truth is prevalent," he says, quoting C. Peter 
Wagner of the Fuller Evangelistic Association. 

To the Rev. Colman Barry, dean of the school 
of religious studies at the Catholic University of 
America in Washington, D.C., the U.S. religious 
resurgence is "the primary sign of the times." 

What is causing the upturn? Cornell sees the 
following as factors in the change: 

Salvation Army fastest growing 
religious body in U.S. 

New York (EP News) — The Salvation Army was 
the fastest growing U.S. religious body in 1975, 
according to the new Yearbook of American and 
Canadian Churches. 

For 1975 the Salvation Army reported a 5 per- 
cent increase in membership, to reach a total of 
384,317. U.S. population grew an estimated 0.8 per- 
cent during that year. 

The 1977 Yearbook, which is published by 
Abingdon Press for the National Council of 
Churches, places U.S. church membership at 
131,012,953, based on reports from 223 religious 
bodies. Although that figure is down by more than 
850,000 from the total reported for the previous 
year, the decline is attributed to a change in the 
method of reporting by the National Primitive 
Baptist Convention, Inc. Without that change, the 
total would show a gain of more than 500,000. 

In addition to the Salvation Army, other rapidly 
growing religious groups include the Church of 
God of Prophecy (up 4.9 percent to 65,801) ; Church 
of God of Cleveland, Tennessee (up 4.4 percent to 
343,249); Jehovah's Witnesses (up 4 percent to 
560,897); Baptist General Conference (up 3.8 per- 
cent to 115,340); Seventh-day Adventists (up 3.3 
percent to 495,699) ; and Church of God of Ander- 
son, Indiana (up 3 percent to 166,259). 

A membership of nearly 49 million was reported 
for the Roman Catholic Church, the nation's largest 
religious group. That figure constituted an increase 
of 0.4 percent. The Southern Baptist Convention, 
largest U.S. Protestant body, has nearly 13 million 
members and reported a growth rate of 1.8 

— Mainline denominations, which experienced 
declines in membership since the mid-1960's, report 
the shrinkage has slowed or stopped and, in some 
cases, turned upward. 

— A greater emphasis on evangelism, a lack of 
which had been blamed widely for the decline, is 
swelling through the churches, often involving 
special growth programs and membership drives 
by local congregations. 

— Seminary enrollment is at a record high of 
43,023, according to the American Association of 
Theological Schools. In 193 Protestant and Cath- 
olic institutions the growth quickened in the last 
three years. Catholic seminaries last year had 
their first increase in 10 years. 

— A moderating of social-action tactics in 
broad-based denominations, which are giving more 
attention to spiritual nuture, and an increasing 
interest in social action by evangelical churches, 
which had previously largely shunned social con- 
cern, make for more balance of efforts in both 
categories of Christianity. 

— Sales of religious books have soared in the 
last five years, increasing a third faster than 
general book sales. 

— The rate of growth in religious affiliation 
edged ahead of population growth last year, with 
overall religious affiliation rising from 61.9 to 
62.3 percent of the population. In previous recent 
years, church growth has not kept pace with pop- 
ulation growth. 

— Weekly church attendance, which had grad- 
ually fallen from a 1958 peak of 49 percent of the 
population to a low of 40 percent for the early 
1970's, last year turned upward again. A Gallup 
survey found it at 42 percent. 

George Gallup, head of the American Institute of 
Public Opinion, says that various other statistical 
findings suggest America is in the beginnings of 
religious revival. He says the proportion of Ameri- 
cans who believe religion is increasing its influence 
has tripled since 1970. Some 19 million Americans, 
he added, are involved in various techniques for 
deepening their inner or spiritual awareness. 

Former G/L head dies 

Glendale, Calif. — William T. Greig, Sr., Chairman 
Emeritus of Gospel Light Publications, died July 
20, 1977, at his Glendale home. He was 85. 

Mr. Greig had assisted Dr. Henrietta Mears from 
the time she began the company in 1934. He and 
others acquired it from her in 1950. 

Today Gospel Light distributes English language 
Christian education materials and Regal books to 
more than 85 countries. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Graham answers critics 

Minneapolis, Minn. — In a lengthy statement re- 
leased for newspaper publication on Monday, 
August 15, Dr. Billy Graham outlined the financial 
practices of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Asso- 
ciation. The statement was prompted by recent 
misunderstanding of the World Evangelism and 
Christian Education Fund, a foundation formed 
by the Graham Association in 1970 to undergird 
evangelical ministries throughout the world. 

Dr. Graham explained that all funds received 
for his work are handled by the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association (BGEA), a non-profit 
religious organization formed in 1950. All finances 
of the BGEA are under the supervision of a 26- 
member board of directors headed by a seven- 
member executive committee. All of the Billy 

Church of the Brethren men 
honored by Poland 

Warsaw, Poland — On July 11 three Church of the 
Brethren clergymen were conferred silver medals 
of the Order of Merit by the State Council of the 
Polish People's Republic. They were H. Lamar 
Gibble, Paul VV. Kinsel, and John H. Eberly. 

The three men were honored in recognition of 
their part in an exchange program in which the 
Church of the Brethren has hosted 500 Polish 
agricultural scientists in the United States for 
research and study. Gibble serves as the current 
director of the program, Kinsel served as former 
director, and Eberly was the initial director of 
the exchange program. 

Two other Church of the Brethren men. Dale 
Ott, director of Brethren Service in Europe, and 
J. Russell Heminger, Wenatchee, Wash., fruit 
grower, were among 17 recipients of the Badge 
of Merit for their part in this program. 

This exchange program, in which Polish agri- 
cultural scientists come to the United States for 
research and study, began in 1947. It was through 
the delivery of cattle and horses by Brethren 
to the devastated rural areas of Poland soon after 
the end of World War II that the door for the 
exchange was opened. 

The program has had a broad impact in Poland, 
not only in agriculture, but also in education and 
government. By wedding Pohsh theory and United 
States practice, the program has contributed sig- 
nificantly to the remarkable recovery of Poland's 
agricultural base, which 30 years ago was practi- 
cally wiped out. 

Basic to the whole exchange program has been 
two-way sharing, however, that has brought bene- 
fits to the United States as well as Poland through 
the research of Polish scientists at land-grant 

Graham staff, including Graham himself, are on 
fixed salaries paid by the Association, and no staff 
member is on the executive committee of the 
board of directors. 

Graham went on to maintain that the highest 
possible standards of financial ethics, business 
procedures, and spiritual principles have been 
followed in the business affairs of the Evangelistic 

In the latter part of the article Graham went 
on to tell about the World Evangelism and Chris- 
tian Education Fund (WECEF). This fund, 
Graham explained, is a legally incorporated non- 
profit foundation formed to support projects in 
missions, evangelism, and Christian education. It 
is administered by a board of trustees, none of 
whom receives any financial benefit from the fund, 
and it has no full-time employees. 

At present WECEF is undertaking two major 
projects. First, they are helping to build a train- 
ing center for missions and evangelism at Wheaton 
College in Illinois. When completed, the institution 
will be owned, operated, and directed by the Board 
of Trustees of Wheaton College. 'The second 
project is a Bible training center specifically 
designed to train laymen in the Bible. A location 
in western North Carolina has been purchased for 
this project. 


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Janice Spohn to Jon Alan Werner, August 6, at 

Parkview United Methodist Church, Peru, Ind. 

Bride member of Loree, Ind., Brethren Church. 

Teresa Shirar to Terry Voorhees, August 6, at 

Burlington, Ind., First Brethren Church; Albert 

O. Curtright, pastor, officiating. Members of 

Burlington First Brethren Church. 

Barbara Stoneburner to Richard Van Duyne, July 

23, at Argos Christian Church. Groom member of 

Tiosa, Ind., Brethren Church. 

Donna Jean Gelger to Kenneth James Madison, 

July 23, at New Paris, Ind., First Brethren Church; 

Robert P. Bischof, pastor, and Rev. Gerald Geiger, 

uncle of the bride, officiating. Members of New 

Paris First Brethren Church. 

Linda Garrison to Mark Johnson, July 17, at 

Burlington, Ind., First Brethren Church; Albert 

O. Curtright, pastor, officiating. Bride member of 

Burlington First Brethren Church. 

Bonnie Sue Lantz to Chester DeWayne Lawson, 

July 17, at College Corner, Ind., Brethren Church; 

St. Clair Benshoff, pastor, officiating. Members 

of College Corner Brethren Church. 

Karen Bosendaul to Mark Peugeot, July 16, at 

Bryan, Ohio, First Brethren Church; Marlin L. 

McCann, pastor, officiating. Groom member of 

Bryan First Brethren Church. 

Evelyn King- to Darrell Smiley, July 9, at County 
Line, Ind., Brethren Church; Gerald Barr, pastor, 
and Rev. Wilbur Thomas officiating. Bride mem- 
ber of County Line Brethren Church. 

Monica Humphrey to Dennis Blevins, July 9, at 

New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren Church; Donald E. 

Rowser, pastor, and Charles A. Wiltrout, assistant 

pastor, officiating. Members of New Lebanon 

Brethren Church. 

Pegrsy Sue Brosovich to Daniel Paul Murphy, 

July 8, at Cameron, W. Va., Brethren Church; 

Cecil Bolton, pastor, officiating. 

Rhonda Jean Alhnan to Wilbert Gene Marshall, 

Jr., June 25, at Quiet Dell, Pa., Brethren Church; 

Cecil Bolton, pastor, officiating. 

Kathie Jo Horn to David Perry Graham, June 25, 
at Ardmore, Ind., First Brethren Church; Brian 
Moore, pastor, officiating. Members of Ardmore 
First Brethren Church. 

Cara Gale Payne to Stephen Bowen, June 25, at 
Oak Hill, W. Va., First Brethren Church; Paul D. 
Tinkel, uncle of the bride, and William Skeldon, 
pastor, officiating. Bride member of Oak Hill First 
Brethren Church. 

Esther Armitage to Bay Humphries, June 25, at 
New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren Church; Donald E. 
Rowser, pastor, officiating. Members of New 
Lebanon Brethren Church. 

Caryl L. Miller to Sam J. Richmond, June 25, at 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church; Eugene J. 
Beekley, pastor, officiating. Bride member of Park 
Street Brethren Church. 

Kimberly Kay Marlowe to Michael Eugene Long, 

June 18, at Ardmore, Ind., First Brethren Church; 

Brian Moore, pastor, officiating. Bride member of 

Ardmore First Brethren Church. 

Sandy Davis to Lester Quimby, June 18, at Bryan, 

Ohio, First Brethren Church; Marlin L. McCann, 

pastor, officiating. Bride member of Bryan First 

Brethren Church. 

Sharon Jane Stoffer to George Herbert Matyas, 

June 18, at Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church; 

John T. Byler, pastor, and Dale R. Stoffer, brother 

of the bride, officiating. Bride member of Trinity 

Brethren Church. 

Nancy Garner to Kenneth D. Hunn, June 18, at 

Elkhart, Ind., First Brethren Church; Dale P. 

Ru Lon, pastor, officiating. Members of Elkhart 

First Brethren Church. 

Gerri Bunner to Randy Shewmaker, June 17, at 

Oakville, Ind., Brethren Church; Wes Ellis, pastor, 


Linda Sue Metzger to Robert Dennis Lamantia, 

June 11, at Vinco, Pa., Brethren Church; Carl 

Phillips, pastor, officiating. Members of Vinco 

Brethren Church. 

Lisa Schue to Bob Hudson, June 10, at Burket, 

Ind., United Methodist Church. Bride member of 

Warsaw, Ind., First Brethren Church. 

Dennie Kaye Woodruff to Donald Ray Neely, 

June 10, at Cameron, W. Va., Brethren Church; 

Cecil Bolton, pastor, officiating. 

Cathy Kunkle to Robert Szelong, June 4, at Jones 

Mills, Pa., Valley Brethren Church; Jerald D. Rad- 

cliff, pastor, officiating. Bride member of Valley 

Brethren Church. 

Sara Kiefer to Stephen Richter, June 4, at War- 
saw, Ind., First Brethren Church; Claude Stogs- 
dill, pastor, officiating. Bride member of Warsaw 
First Brethren Church. 

Lola Keezer to Rod Yoder, June 4, at Beaver City, 
Nebr., Grace Brethren Church. Groom member of 
Warsaw, Ind., First Brethren Church. 
Margreta McBride to Dennis Miller, June 4, at 
North Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church; 
Woodrow Immel, pastor, officiating. Members of 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. 

In Memory 

Henry Bailey, 89, August 6. Member of Burlington, 

Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by Albert 

O. Curtright, pastor, and Arthur A. Schenck. 

Jerry Holsinger, 35, July 23. Member of Oakville, 

Ind., Brethren Church. Services by Wes Ellis, 


Maud E. Yarian, 75, July 8. Member of Roann, 

Ind., First Brethren Church. Services by William 

H. Kerner, pastor. 

Mrs. Mabel Sweet, 80, June 27. Member for 68 

years of College Comer, Ind., Brethren Church. 

Services by St. Clair Benshoff, pastor. 

Harry L. Berkshire, 90, February 14. Member of 

Masontown, Pa., Brethren Church. Services by 

Rev. Carl Phillips. Mr. Berkshire was the father 

of four ordained ministers in the Brethren Church. 


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Murder in the Afternoon 

Murder in the Afternoon by Ella Jo Sadler (Zon- 
dervan, 1975, 169 pp., $1.95 paperback). 

It was on a hot July afternoon that I heard 
Ella Jo Sadler speak to a Christian Women's Club. 
It was also on a hot July afternoon in 1959, at an 
isolated rural farm house, that two members of 
her family were murdered and two beaten. 

The story of this event makes for suspense- 
packed reading. Mrs. Sadler describes in detail 
the gruesome experience before, during, and after 
the crime. She also portrays a victorious record 
of faith in God that can rise above pain, death, 
and despair. God's power turned her life situation 
from a deep misfortune into a life of true meaning 
and forgiveness. 

Ella Jo Sadler attended Washington University 
in St. Louis, Missouri, and seminars at the 
Decision School of Christian Writing and the Chris- 
tian Writers' Institute. She is an outstanding 
musician and a member of the American Guild of 
Organists. She and her husband Jerry have three 

After personally meeting Ella Jo, I was happy 
to attend her autograph party at the Carpenter's 
Shop on July 13. In my book, after writing her 
name, she wrote the Scripture reference Psalm 
46:1: "God is our refuge and strength, a very 
present help in trouble." 

— Julie Flora 

Julie Flora is an Ashland, Ohio, housewife and 
regular book reviewer. 

I Know You! 

Joyce, I Feel Like I Know You by Joyce Landorf 
(Victor Books, 1976, 143 pp., $1.75 paperback). 

Indeed, Joyce is easy to get to know. She gives 
practical. Christian advice for everyone. 

This particular book by Joyce Landorf gives 
the kind of advice that you can apply to your 
life today and also advice which will be useful 
in the future. Some of the chapters are: "Being 
Lonely," "Single," "Divorced," "Being Fourteen 
and Feeling Awful," and a particularly good one, 
"Dinner Hour, Disaster or Delight." 

Joyce has written nine books, including "The 
Fragrance of Beauty" and "For These Fragile 
Times." She has also made three record albums. 
She is not only a talented writer, but also a wife 
and the mother of two grown children. 

This book is designed so that it can be used in 
group study. A leader's guide is available for use 
with it. 

If you enjoy reading books that give advice 
about life's pressures, Joyce, I Feel Like I Know 
You is for you. The first time I read it, I enjoyed 
it immensely. And I still enjoy it every time I 
reread it. 

— Val Rowsey 

Val Rowsey is a student at Ashland High School. 

TV Guide 

Television: A Guide for Christians by Edward N. 
McNulty (Abingdon, 1976, 96 pp., $3.50 paperback). 

I'm sure we Christians have complained many 
times about television. Programs are too violent, 
have too much sex, are too demeaning, do not 
picture life realistically, are too childish. Sound 
familiar? But how many of us turn that box off? 

How about watching TV critically and also hav- 
ing some fun while doing it? You will need a 
Bible study group, a Sunday school class, or a 
youth group. Add to that group these basic tools: 
a TV set. Bibles, TV Guide magazines, a cassette 
tape recorder, pencils, paper, and one copy of 
Television: A Guide for Christians for each 

Using this Guide, you will be led through a 
creative and objective look at some of your fav- 
orite and not-so-favorite programs. You will study 
the soap operas, adventure shows, the commercials, 
children's shows, situation comedies, and news 
programs. Each channel (chapter) in the book 
will guide you through a different type program 
or subject. 

This book is not a collection of essays about 
TV. It is a series of probes, guestions, and exer- 
cises designed to get you into TV and the gospel. 

So the next time your group is looking for a 
new subject to study, why not try that old stand- 
by — television? Your eyes will be opened to a 
whole new dimension of television viewing and its 
relation to your Christian life. 

— Carol Geaslen 

Carol Geaslen is a housewife and mother of two, 
living near Ohio Camp Bethany. 

Anita Bryant to publish book 
on homosexual problem 

Old Tappan, N.J. — Anita Bryant has signed a con- 
tract with the Fleming H. Revell Company to 
publish her book Save Our Children. The book is 
scheduled for publication in September. 

Subtitled The Survival of Our Nation's Families 
and the Threat of Militant Homosexuality, the 
book will deal with the homosexual problem in 
general and its threat to the American family and 
society. The book will include an account of the 
"Save Our Children" campaign in Dade County, 
Florida, which was widely publicized in recent 

Ed. note — Since this release was prepared, Miss 
Bryant has lost a law suit, preventing her from using 
"Save Our Children" for the title of her hook or the 
name of her national organization. The action was 
filed by Save the Children, Inc., because of fear of 
confusion of the two groups. 

September 1977 





Free Clinic— 

ministering to the whole man 
and making the man whole 

Sujata Kumar describes her medical ministry 
at the Brethren Mission in Visakhapatnam. 

Greetings to you in the precious name of our 
Lord Jesus Christ! I am very happy to share 
with you some of the detail concerning the work 
we are doing here in Visakhapatnam (Vizag). 
I really enjoy working for the Lord, and God 
is blessing our ministry and showing that His 
presence is with us in our medical ministry in 

The Brethren Mission Free Clinic was inau- 
gurated September 30, 1976, in Visakhapatnam, 
and we have much to tell you about our many 
activities at this clinic. Patients come to the 
clinic and register for examination and treat- 
ment. Our pastor then gives a message and prays 
for the patients. Prior to our beginning our 
daily work with the patients, my two helpers 
and I pray to God to be with us and guide us in 
treating these individuals. I examine each case 
and give necessary medicine. I also tell them 
how wonderful our Lord is and how He can heal 
if we believe in Him. 

We notice that many cases treated elsewhere 
come to our clinic and are cured completely. 
The patients then become good witnesses for 
our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of them accept 
Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Praise 
the Lord! I really feel happy when I see them 
attend our church regularly. Certainly you will 
be happy to know this because you are the ones 

Sujata and Vijaya Kumar serve at the Brethren 
Mission in Visakhapatnam, India. Sujata is a 
medical doctor. 

who enable us to work for the Lord. I give the 
same medication other doctors give, but the 
results are different here. This is just because 
of His grace. 

The average number of patients we get per 
week is one hundred and twenty. Most of them 
are women and children. I think you will be 
interested to know about some of the common 
diseases we come across in this clinic. The disease 
most prevalent is anemia due to malnutrition 
and worm infestation; second to this is scabies. 
We also handle fevers of all types, diarrhea, 
bassillary dysentery, polyneuritis, respiratory 
diseases such as bronchitis, bronchial asthma, 
whooping cough, etc. We treat peptic ulcers, 
intestinal amoebiasis, amoebic collitis, filariasis, 
arthritis, pyoderma, eczema, chronic ostiomye- 
litis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, glossitis, angular 
stometitis, caris teeth, minor burns and injuries, 
conjunctivitis, otitis media, infective hepatitis, 
and gynecological diseases. 

Obstetric cases also come to me, but I am 
referring them to other hospitals for their con- 
finement because we do not have facilities to 
conduct the deliveries. I do the post-natal check- 
ups and advise family planning methods. 

Our cases are all out-patients, since we do not 
have any beds at present. If the case requires 
hospitalization, I refer the person to the govern- 
ment hospital. Some testing can be done here, 
but, due to lack of equipment, extensive testing 
must be done at a local clinical laboratory in 
Vizag. Vijay presently helps in the administration 
of the clinic and orders the drugs, and he also 
helps otherwise when he finds time. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

I will share some of my medical experiences 
in which our Lord was truly with us. An old 
Hindu named Subbarao came to our clinic with 
advanced pulmonary tuberculosis. He was treated 
at the local T. B. hospital, but there was no 
improvement. Being very poor, he could not 
afford to eat the required diet. His wife 
Bhaskaramma was being treated by me for 
arthritis, and I talked to her about her husband 
and invited her to attend our church and believe 
in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

She started coming to church with Subbarao, 
who was very weak and very unsteady in walk- 
ing. We gave her a Horlicks bottle, a glucose 
packet, and B-complex tonic for him. We all 
prayed for him, and he started recovering day 
by day. One Sunday he came to me after church 
was over and said that he was feeling better 
now and believed that prayer was helping him. 
Now he is able to move about, and we can see 
a change in his face. His wife is also very happy, 
and both of them want to be baptized. Praise 
the Lord! 

(continued on page 24) 

Dr. Sujata Vijaya Kumar adniifiLlers a shot to 
a patient at the inauguration of the Brethren Mission 
Free Clinic in Vizag. Looking on are Rev. Kumar 
(right) and government officials. 


Prasantha Kumar attends All India Congress 
on Mission and Evangelization 

The All India Congress on Mission cind Evan- 
gelization (AICOME) was held in Davlali, India, 
January 12-19, 1977. About 400 top Christian 
leaders representing different Protestant denom- 
inations, missions, and evangelistic bodies attend- 
ed the Congress. They came from all over India 
and represented various walks of life. 

The Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar, Director of 
Brethren Missions in India, attended the Con- 
gress. He reports that he could see the tremen- 
dous outpouring of God's blessing upon the 

The Congress theme was "Go forth and tell — 
Jesus Christ Savior, Lord and King," and the 
speakers emphasized the urgency of working 
together to practice this theme. The speakers 
also repeatedly emphasized the importance of 
love, which found expression in a new love among 
the participants themselves and a new under- 
standing of the urgency to love their fellowmen, 
especially those in need. 

During the six months before the Congress, 
participants received over 150 pages of study 
materials. They interacted with these materials 
and sent their responses to the speakers. From 
these responses the planning committee identi- 
fied five priority areas: cross-cultural evan- 
gelization and planting of new churches every- 
where, concern and action for the social well- 
being of the masses in India, greater sensitivity 
to cultured patterns, affirmation of the role of 
the local church in mission and evangelization, 
and more effective cooperation between the local 
churches and others engaged in evangelization. 

One result of the congress was the "Davlali 
Letter." This letter is addressed to all Christians 
across India, and sums up the participants' 
understanding of the biblical concept of mission 
and evangelization in the Indian context. It 
includes actions to be carried out by the 
participants, and is being released throughout 
the country for discussion and action by church 
and para-church bodies. 

During the Davlali Congress 16 regional 
groups met in order to identify priorities for 
their own regions and to initiate plans for 
follow-up conferences. The Andhra Pradesh 
group was attended by 31 top leaders of that 
region. They reaffirmed the objectives of the 
Congress, with emphasis on strengthening fel- 
lowship among those involved in mission and 
evangelization and on training believers for 
evangelization with a view to church planting 
and growth. 

The Andhra Pradesh group also decided to 
organize a congress in their region. This congress 
will be held at Hyderabad from October 12-15, 
1977. Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar was chosen to 
be the co-ordinator of this congress. Kumar is 
presently on the executive committee, the special 
committee, and the planning committee of this 

This is a major responsibility which has been 
given to Kumar. Therefore, we request your 
prayers for him as he works with his country- 
men and as he looks to God for guidance in 
this task. 

September 1977 



Brethren House 

Some Times 

at Brethren House 

Jean Lersch reflects on some special experi- 
ences she and the team had this summer. 

Sometimes we cross paths with others who 

spotlight the gifts we have to share. Such was 
the case in Nashville, Tennessee, over the July 
4th weekend. Sally Murrey, a young mother of 
five children, stood on the auditorium platform 
at the close of the general conference of the 
Grace Fellowship Church and said, "Those of 
us with children have a deep concern about 
nurturing them in the ways of the Lord. Some- 
times we are at a loss to know how to do that 
effectively." Then she proceeded to explain her 
involvement with Brethren House. 

It started in February of this year when Mary 
Ellen Drushal, children's director of the First 




Joan Holsinger, Summer Crusader Intern, ex- 
plains the Bible Books Library to a young girl in 

Presbyterian Church of Nashville, Tennessee, 
had arranged for us to come to that church and 
conduct a program. While the church's adults 
were attending a missionary conference, we led 
the children in Bible study and worship. At that 
time Sally, who lived nearby, learned of our 
being there and came for a visit. Standing on the 
auditorium platform on July 4th, she told what 
had happened. 

"That night I was so excited about what I 
saw. I went home and called several other people 
in our church and asked them to go see what 
Brethren House had for children." 

Out of that first meeting with Sally Murrey 
grew this second appointment in Nashville. Over 
the July 4th weekend, with the Grace Fellow- 
ship's general conference, again we were in 
charge of the children's program. Some of their 
adults met for Bible study, worship, prayer, 
and business; others served with us as enablers 
with the fifty to sixty children present. And at 
the close of the conference Sally requested the 
group to sing with her "I am eternally grateful." 

"You've been such a blessing to us," she said. 
"We've learned so much about teaching our 

We are eternally grateful too. Grateful for 
Sally's affirmation of our gifts (sometimes we 
minimize their value until we are affirmed), 
grateful for the opportunity to share the gifts, 
and grateful for our Brethren heritage. This 
heritage has grounded us firmly on a Biblical 
foundation and granted us the freedom to let God 
lead us in unexplored territory in any church. 

Jean Lersch is a member of the team working at 
Brethren House in St. Petersburg, Fla. Her articles 
on their ministry have appeared in numerous 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Wherever God is at work, there are 
some times of 

The four days in Nashville were not easy. We 
led a workshop lor area teachers as well as 
activities to prompt the children's involvement 
in events in the Book of Acts. And three of us 
got the summer flu (titled "Nashville Revenge" 
by the conference committee, since many people 
became ill). Bonnie led the whole thing by her- 
self on Sunday morning. The other three of us 
were too weak to get up. 

Sometimes God arranges for our care and 
assistance in special ways. This summer He sent 
us Joan Holsinger, a Summer Crusader intern. 
How would we have managed without her? 
When Bonnie was sick with another virus before 
we went to Nashville, Joan acted the part of 
Florence Nightingale — tending, serving, and com- 
forting. And then for both the packing of the 
32 boxes and the implementing of the program 
in those boxes, she was truly an assisting angel. 

And before we went to Nashville, Joan helped 
plan, prepare, and direct a puppet show of the 
Book of Esther with a group of apathetic-acting 
middle-schoolers. They were just "acting," how- 
ever, for we found out from one of the mothers 
that the puppet show was all her girl had talked 
about. Thanks to Joan. 

Sometimes God inspires us witli ideas to share 
rig-ht here in our own neighborhood. For six 
weeks this summer we concentrated on two 
projects. With the children we explored the Book 
of Esther. Sunday-by-Sunday activities opened 
new vistas for them. Many knew nothing before- 
hand of this book and its teaching about God's 
guidance and providence. Then on the final 
Sunday together the parents came to see the 
projects made by the children: the puppet show, 
bulletin board, a mural, a visual presentation, 
and many mementos of the lessons for us in 
this great Old Testament book. A few parents 
had been studying their Bibles at home because 
of the enthusiasm they caught from their 

The other project was a weekly morning Bible 
study Bonnie and I led. Several neighborhood 
women joined us each Tuesday morning for an 
hour of prayer and study in Philippians. We 
hope to continue this group after school begins 

And of course we held outdoor recreation for 

young children and teens two nights a week. On 
the last night of this time together one teen 
said, "What are we going to do with ourselves 
when Brethren House isn't open?" They did 
enjoy coming. One interesting development this 
summer was the children who accompanied their 
teen parents. These toddlers played on the side- 
lines of the volleyball games. 

Sometimes God encourages us to take inven- 
tory of the services we have to offer. Since 
many parents and teachers have told us how 
much they need to learn about nurturing chil- 
dren, we have taken stock. And we have listed 
fourteen titles of training sessions we can offer 
church school teachers in the area. In addition, 
we have on hand samples of curriculum ma- 
terials from nineteen publishing houses so 
teachers and committees can come to Brethren 
House to examine and select those materials 
that best meet their needs. We are now in the 
process of printing a brochure to announce these 
varied services Brethren House can offer. And 
we're thankful. 

Sometimes God prompts us to exercise our 
faith. In order for us to reach more churches 
with the announcement of Brethren House ser- 
vices, we had to change mailing systems. This 
meant purchasing an expensive Scriptomatic 
machine and assuming another printing bill. The 
funds are low, but we believe God is encouraging 
us to do this. So, giving thanks, we're doing 

And sometimes Grod gives us the joy of creat- 
ing something new. Such was the case with a 
new book Brethren House published this year. 
Here Comes the Sun. The book is for children. 
We hope, by hearing the text of the book, they 
will notice God's handiwork in a sunrise. Then 
they can draw pictures to go with the words. 
Thus, they are prompted to observe what God 
has made and express it from their point of 
view. That's joy! 

Wherever God is at work, there are some times 
of affirmation, some times of assistance, some 
times of sharing, some times of offering, some 
times of exercising faith, and some times of 
joy. Yes, for everything there is a season. And 
we at Brethren House are thankful for these 
times with Him. 

September 1977 


Free Clinic 

(continued fronn page 21) 

Subba Reddi, a Hindu aged sixty-five, is 
another witness to our Lord's miraculous heal- 
ing. He came to me with severe anemia and 
hypoprotenaemia. His legs were swollen below 
the knees, and he had no sensation in his feet. 
There were cracks all over the swollen legs, and 
he was experiencing a continuous watery dis- 
charge from them. He had no appetite and could 
not attend his work. 

He was treated at the government hospital 
for one month, but realized no improvement. I 
gave almost the same medicines given at the 
hospital, and he began to recover. I noticed some 
psychic changes in him as well, so I talked to 
him about our Lord and asked him to attend 
the church. He has taken treatment for about 
two months, has been attending church regularly, 
and is now completely healed and is back at 
work. He gave his testimony in writing. 

Many are brought for clinical treatment, but 
in addition to sutures, shots, and medication, 
they receive the peace and healing of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. It can be a cold abcess, incised and 
infected, or maresmus. Treatment is given and 
healing comes rapidly. Even a Hindu priest 
brought his son and said his god didn't have 
power to heal. 

In India there are many villages where the 
gospel has not reached and where medical aid 
is not available. We try to reach such places to 
spread the Good News and to help them by 
rendering medical services. After the preaching, 
Vijay helps me in dispensing the drugs and 
bandaging the wounds. In villages I usually come 
across anemia due to malnutrition and worm 
infestation, tuberculosis, and oral cancer. Oral 
cancer is widespread in this part of the country 
because people smoke the cigar with the burnt 
end inside the mouth. Whenever I see a case, I 
tell everybody the hazards of smoking like that. 

As we cannot go to every village regularly, 
we cannot give antibiotic injections because a 
series of injections would be necessary to be 
effective. Therefore, antibiotic capsules are very 
useful in such cases, and we can give the drug 
for one week or ten days, depending upon the 
need of the patient. 

We thank the Brethren for the drugs you have 
sent because of your great concern. The aspirin 
for arthritis and tetracycline capsules worked 
wonderfully. I use mainly sulphadiazine tablets 
for children and then the other powerful anti- 
biotics. The bandages you have sent have also 
been of great help. 

So friends, I have given you a detailed account 
of the medical work done here. I trust that you 
have a better knowledge now of our work. We 
are preparing now to make the clinic a one or 
two bed hospital so that we can take some 
emergency cases. Please pray for us and the 
work being done here. Thank you for all your 
prayers, love and concern, and the support you 
are extending for the work. 

Church pledges million dollars plus 
for mission projects this year 

Toronto, Can. (EP News)— The Peoples Church, 
Canada's largest evangelical congregation, has 
pledged $1,129,788 for world missions this year, 
according to Pastor Paul B. Smith. 

The 2,000 adults (and another 2,000 in Sunday 
school) support 470 missionaries overseas, of which 
some 350 are Canadians and the rest nationals of 
the various countries. 

At home the mission funds are also used to 
support such ministries as the Peoples Christian 
School, Peoples Christian Ranch, Peoples TV Min- 
istry, Yonge St. Mission, Richmond College, and 
the Ontario Bible College. 

This year's pledged amount is the largest in 
the church's 49-year history. 

God's Word: 
Our Infallible 
Guide 71 


In these days of growing oppor- 
tunity and responsibility, evangeli- 
cals must do together those things 
which cannot be done by one 
church alone. Join us! 

D YES, we would like to observe 
NAE Sunday, Oct. 30. Please 
send the following free materi- 
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Sunday, please send us the free 
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"The Greatest Need of the 



NAE SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 1977 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

church growth forum 

Satan's Master Plan: 


Howard Ball says, "Satan has a diabolical 
plan for your church!" 

Church leaders, whose master plan are you 
following for your church? 

God has a wonderful plan for your church ! God's 
plan is "the equipping of the saints for the work 
of the ministry." 

Satan has a diabolical plan for your church! 
The object of his plan is to prevent you from 
following God's plan. 

Satan begins with you, the leaders. He attempts 
to create in your minds a distorted concept of a 
successful local church ministry. He wants to 
convince you that success will happen only when 
you get everyone in the church moving in the 
same direction, at the same time, with the same 
enthusiasm. This is CONVOY MENTALITY. 

If you accept this convoy mentality, Satan has 
set the stage for paralysis in your church. All he 
needs to do is slip into your convoy a few people 
who don't want to do God's will ... or a few people 
who just want a little attention ... or a few people 
who love progress but hate change ... or a few 
people who simply don't want to be bothered . . . 
or a few people who want it their way or not at 
all. When this is done, Satan has paralyzed your 

If you operate on a convoy mentality, you believe 
the only obstacle to success is the people who 

aren't yet moving. You will spend a disproportion- 
ate amount of your time and energy on the unre- 
sponsive. While you are doing this, the responsive 
people (the movers) must tread water because 
you don't have enough time left for them. 

If you allow this to happen, you will have a 
tragedy. The lifestyle of your church will be 
determined by the disobedient members. 

The focus of the Growing by Discipling concept 
and Churches Alive's consulting services for your 
church is aimed at helping you avoid paralysis, 
identify the "movers" and equip them through 
discipling. You do this without communicating 
rejection to those unwilling or unable to participate 

How great it is to see more and more "non- 
movers" begin moving because of what is happen- 
ing in and through the "movers" lives. 

Copyright 1977, Churches Alive. Reprinted by permission. 

Mr. Howard Ball is the president of Churches 
Alive, a consulting service for local churches in 
the area of discipleship and evangelism. Informa- 
tion about this ministry may be obtained by writ- 
ing Churches Alive, Box 3800, San Bernardino, 
Calif. 92413. 

Commitment to Evongelism Essential 

God blesses churches that have a commitment 
to evangelism! The Bammel Road Church of 
Christ in Houston, Texas, began five years ago 
with a part-time pastor holding its services in an 
elementary school. Now its Sunday attendance 
reaches into the 900's. Why? 

Several factors contribute, but the primary one 
is this church's commitment to evangelism. They 
believe that the prime mission of the church is 
evangelism, and, as a result, they are unashamedly 
aggressive in their efforts to disciple non- 
Christians to faith in Christ. Their many-faceted 

by Arden Gilnner 

evangelistic program has resulted in at least one 
new convert every single week for over a year. 

Every visitor to their worship services is visited 
in his home the same week. A number of evan- 
gelistic group Bible studies meet each day of the 
week in various homes. These are purposely de- 
signed to reach and win non-Christians. Over 100 
of the church's members have been trained to 
conduct this type of Bible study and to lead people 
to Christ. The results — seventy baptized in 1976! 

God will bless Brethren churches in a similar 
way when they seek to reach and disciple non- 

September 1977 


signal lights 

written by 
Alberta Holsinger 

Missionaries of the Bible 

Message from the King 

When Hezekiah became king, he had sonne 
important changes to make. 

Many wicked kings had ruled in Jerusalem. 
They burned incense to the idol gods of the 
neighboring countries. They gave offerings to 
these gods, too. 

One king, King Ahaz, took all the golden candle- 
sticks and basins from God's Temple for the idols. 
He closed and sealed the Temple doors. He built 
altars to the false gods in Jerusalem and in all 
the cities of Judah. 

"Come," King Ahaz told the people. "Come and 
worship at these altars. These are for your gods." 

Prince Hezekiah, son of King Ahaz, read the 
scrolls of Scripture. He knew how God had helped 
and guided King David and King Solomon. He 
talked with the priests who had served in God's 
Temple before his father closed it. 

Then one day he was no longer Prince Hezekiah. 
He was King Hezekiah. His father, the wicked 
King Ahaz, had died. Prince Hezekiah had been 
crowned king and given the golden scepter, and 
he now sat on the throne in Jerusalem. 

One day soon after he had been crowned. King 
Hezekiah sent a message to the priests and Levites. 
"Meet me at the Temple tomorrow," the message 

The next day the king stood before them. "Look 
at this Temple," he said. "It is the place where 
we are to worship the true God. I want the doors 

Readiness Activities 

1. Some of the children may make small scrolls 
with the memory verse printed on it. Have ready 
strips of paper about 2% inches by 5 inches, 4 
inch dowel or craft sticks, flair pens, and glue. 
On a blackboard have printed the memory verse. 
Use some of these scrolls in telling the Bible story. 

2. On large sheets of paper one group of children 
might like to draw pictures of all the supplies and 
tools needed to clean and repair a neglected house. 

opened and the entire Temple cleaned. Repair it 
so that once again it is our place of worship. 
"Then I want you to prepare to conduct once more 
all the services. Our people will return to the God 
of Heaven." 

How the priests and Levites worked! They 
cleaned and polished. They scrubbed and waxed. 
They painted and repaired. They found the golden 
candlesticks and basins and brought them back 
to the Temple. 

After sixteen days of hard work the job was 
done. The Temple was ready. The priests went to 
the palace. "We are finished," they said. "The 
Temple is ready." 

"Good," replied King Hezekiah. "Tomorrow 
morning I will come to pray and to worship." 

King Hezekiah and his people were happy as 
once again they entered the Temple of God. 

Soon the king began thinking about the people 
in other parts of the country. "They, too, should 
be worshiping God," he thought. "I will invite 
them to come to the Temple." 

King Hezekiah wrote letters. He told about the 
cleaning of the Temple. He told of the services 
held there. Then he wrote, "On the first day of 
May we will celebrate the Passover. Turn again 
to the Lord God. Come to the Passover service." 

"Take these letters," King Hezekiah told his 
messengers. "Take them to all parts of Israel, 
Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh. Invite all the 
people to come to the Temple at Jerusalem." 

The messengers went. They delivered the king's 
letters. They invited the people. 

So it was on the first day of May a very large 
crowd gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the 
Passover. Not since the days of King Solomon had 
there been so much joy. 

The priests stood and blessed the people and 
the Lord heard their prayers. 

—Based on II Chronicles 29-30 

Memory Scripture: Turn again unto the Lord 
God. —II Chronicles 30:6b 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Home Missions Story 

A Note to the Pasfor 

"There's not enough room in our church for all 
the Sunday school classes," said the pastor. 

"We know," agreed the people. "Many new 
families are coming to our church. Most of them 
have three or four children. We're glad God is 
sending all these people to us. Now what can we 
do to make room for the Sunday school 

"Well, we could . . ." began one man. "No, I 
guess that wouldn't work." 

"Why don't we . . ." another started to say. "No, 
that doesn't sound like a good idea either." 

So the people talked. Many suggestions were 
given, but none seemed just right. 

At the close of the meeting the pastor said, 
"God knows the best way to obtain extra room 
for our church. Let's each pray every day asking 
Him to guide our thoughts and show us what 
to do." 

At the next meeting the pastor said, "Have you 
been praying about our need?" 

"Yes," answered the people. 

And God did guide their thoughts. He showed 
them the best plan would be to build a new par- 
sonage for the pastor's family. Then the old par- 
sonage right next door to the church could be 
used for Sunday school rooms. A great idea! 

The planning and building of the new parsonage 
began. Then the old parsonage was remodeled 
into Sunday school classrooms. 

The people were happy. Soon there would be 
room for many more to come to their church — 
people who would learn of God, people who would 
serve God. 

Perhaps the happiest of all were the children. 
Some of them had never heard of Jesus before 
coming to church. Now they were learning of 
Him and His house was an important place to 

One Sunday after church a little girl handed 
the pastor a blue card with a smiling jack-o'-lantern 
on it. He turned it over. Very neatly she had 
printed: "I really enjoy going to this church. I 
hope you like having me. I also hope you like 
the picture I made for the church. (I traced it.) 
Happy Halloween!" . . - 

With the card was a picture of the church which 
she had traced and carefully colored. 

As the pastor thumbtacked the picture to the 
bulletin board in the vestibule, he remembered 
her sentence, "I hope you like having me." 

Like having her? Of course he did! That's the 
reason the church was there — to help girls and 
boys and grown-ups, too, learn of Jesus and His 

"Thank you, Lord, for these precious little ones," 
prayed the pastor as he walked home for dinner. 

(Based on a true incident told to the Signal Lights 
editor by Pastor George Solomon, Derby, Kansas.) 

Cross Word Puzzle 

What word is missing in these Bible verses? (Check the King James Version 
for answers.) 










1. O give 

unto the Lord. 

(Psalm 105:1) 

4. Thy word have I 
(Psalm 119:11) 

in mine heart. 

5. What 

(Psalm 56:3) 


1. I will 

I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 

_, and not be afraid. 

(Isaiah 12:2) 

2. Noah opened the window of the 
(Genesis 8:6) 

3. For God 

loved the world he gave 

his only begotten son. (John 3:16) 
4. is risen. (Mark 16:6) 

September 1977 


Dr. Brunk was the featured 
speaker at the 1977 General 

He is president of Brunk Re- 
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Mennonite College and Seminary 
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Vol. 99. No. 10 October 1977 

4 Why a Church Called Brethren? 

Dr. Jerry Flora offers a "reason for being" for the Brethren 
Church, from a historical and biblical perspective. 

6 "I Will Build My Church" 

Rev. Norman Long tells how Christ is building His church in 
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9 Salt- and Light* 

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14 A Blueprint for Tomorrow 

AC's President Arthur Schultz shares his vision for the students 
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Brethren Church Ministries 
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The Mission of the Church-Related College; A Blueprint for 
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Support; New "Scholar Awards" Program Announced. 

24 Christian Education 

Progress Report: Association of Brethren Church Teachers; 
Looking Ahead in Christian Education; New BYC Moderator 
and Officers. 


11 Church Growth Forum 

19 Update 

23 Books 

30 Signal Lights 

32 As I See It 

34 Finally, Brethren 


October 1977 

Here's a "both-and" answer for Brethren 
searching for a distinctive identity. 

SOME days you can't do anything right. 
If some joker asks, "Have you stopped 
beating your wife?" you're stumped. No 
matter which way you reply, he will charge 
you with cruelty to your spouse. 

Some questions can't be answered, it 
seems, because they are improperly formed. 
Other questions should receive a clear, 
specific answer. Either it is Monday or it's 
not. Either you live as though there is a 
God, or you don't. 

Still other questions deserve a response 
of both-and. Life on planet earth , for 
example, demands both centrifugal force 
and gravity. Scripture teaches divine 
sovereignty and human responsibility. 

Once Jesus was asked which of the 613 
commands in the law of Moses is the great- 

est. "I'll tell you which is the great com- 
mandment," he replied, "but it doesn't stand 
alone. There is a second that goes with it, 
and on these two depend all the law and 
the prophets: love the Lord your God com- 
pletely, and love your neighbor personally.'' 
If we apply that kind of both-and 
approach to life in the Brethren Church, 
it may help us. Why does this denomination 
exist? Why should there be a church called 
"Brethren"? The Brethren Church exists 
to express our allegiance to the Lord Jesus 
in a family style out of loyalty to the gospel 
and love for the world. We have here both 
the "what" and the "why" of our existence. 

Dr. Jerry Flora is assistant professor of New Test- 
ament theology at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

'The Brethren Church exists to express our alleg-iance 
to the Lord Jesus in a family style out of loyalty to the 
gospel and love for the world." 

The identity, the "what," of the Brethren 
Church is our faith in God through Jesus 
Christ our Lord and the family style in 
which we express it. 

Allegiance to Jesus as Lord 

Jesus said in reply to that question, "You 
shall love the Lord your God." Now, "Lord" 
is the Hebrews' name for the God who gets 
involved with people. "God" is the general 
term for the Infinite One who created the 
universe and keeps it going. But "Lord" or 
"Yahweh" — this is that same God in his 
personal relationships with sinful humanity. 
It was he who reached down and called an 
Abram, sustained an Isaac, transformed a 
Jacob, and freed a whole nation from 
slavery. Jesus said, "The Lord, this God 
who acts on behalf of such people — love 
him ! Answer his love with all that you are : 
heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love your 
Rescuer completely, utterly, always, and 
love only him." 

The apostles never forgot what he said. 
And the central thrust of their writings is 
not "accept Jesus as your personal Savior." 
That is both true and necessary, but the 
basic confession of the New Testament 
declares, "Jesus Christ is Lord!" Jesus the 
Jew is God Almighty come to earth for us 
sinners and for our salvation. Jesus is 
"Lord," the God who gets involved with 

The early Brethren knew what that lord- 
ship meant and were prepared to accept it. 
They took as basic a passage in Luke's 
Gospel where Jesus taught, "If a person is 
going to come after me, let that person 
count the cost and not be like the fellow 
who begins to build but cannot finish, or 
the king who goes to war but cannot fight. 
Neither of them has estimated the cost." 
Alexander Mack, founder of the German 
Baptist Brethren, wrote much of obedience 
and sacrifice in following Christ. There is 

a price tag on loving this Lord completely, 
and a would-be disciple must count the cost. 

We in a republic don't understand lord- 
ship. We elect our mayors, we elect our 
commissioners, we elect our senators, we 
elect our presidents. We don't know how 
it feels to have someone over us, before 
whom we fall prostrate and whisper, 
"Master!" — someone whose every utterance 
carries the force of law, whose very glance 
signs life or death. 

The Brethren who first braved the 
Atlantic to reach Philadelphia knew the 
meaning of lordship. They talked much 
about the cost of discipleship. They recalled 
the story of John Naas, that giant of a 
man among them. So large in stature was 
he that the king asked him to join his elite 
personal bodyguard. But Naas refused to 
be recruited. They tortured him to no avail, 
hanging him at last from a tree by one 
thumb and one big toe. Fearing that he 
was going to die, they cut him down and 
dragged him before the monarch. Simply 
Naas explained that he could not join the 
king's elite corps because already he was 
in the army of King Jesus. He had pledged 
his allegiance to Christ as Lord. 

A family style 

One unique feature of the kingdom of 
God is that all its citizens are adopted chil- 
dren in the royal family. The King is their 
Father, the Crown Prince their Elder 
Brother. This, too, is part of the "what" 
of the Brethren Church — this family style. 

Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as your- 
self." If the neighbor is an outsider, that 
outsider must become an insider and in- 
siders must become family. The old Breth- 
ren used to talk about our denomination as 
"the brotherhood." We experience that 
brotherhood each year at General Confer- 
ence. The Brethren are a family, and Gen- 
eral Conference is the annual reunion. 

(continued on page 28) 

October 1977 

Models of Church Growth 




Will Build 


AT First Brethren Church of Pittsburgh 
we have no "gimmicks" for church 
growth. But the Lord has given us some 
basic principles under which we operate. 

Be open to the Holy Spirit! Acts 1:8 
reminds us that it's in His power we move 
and grow. "But you shall receive power 
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; 
and you shall be my witnesses both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and 
even to the remotest part of the earth." 

I believe that the evidence of the baptism 
of the Holy Spirit is power for service. I do 
not limit it to one or more of the spiritual 
gifts such as tongues. Staying open to the 
Holy Spirit means following Him, not any 
"movement." I believe He has already 
moved beyond the charismatic renewal 
movement. Let the only movement we are 
caught up in be the movement of His Spirit. 
This is stating it positively. Let us also 
heed the warning of Paul in I Thessalonians 
5:19: "Do not quench the Spirit." 

Be flexible — flow with the Spirit! Don't 
get in a rut; be willing to change. Just be- 
cause we've always done it this way doesn't 
mean we have to do it that way now. Be 

Rev. Norman Long is pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh, Pa. 


willing to move with the Spirit. Have a cer- 
tain sense of pragmatism: "Do what works." 
If it doesn't work, don't do it any more! 

We must have the courage to fail. Not 
everjAthing we try is going to be successful. 
A batting champ in baseball rarely bats over 
.400, and that's only "success" four out of 
ten tries! We can't be afraid to step out 
and try new things. 

Present the whole gospel, not just part 

of it! Paul, in his farewell sermon to the 
Ephesians, said, "I did not shrink from 
declaring to you the whole purpose of God." 
The Brethren motto begins, "The whole 
Bible. ..." 

People are hungry for all God has for 
them, and if we will feed His sheep, they'll 
come. This is how we're reaching Catholics 
and blacks in our community. 

We are in a Catholic neighborhood. Right 
now in my membership class of 13, 9 are 
Catholics who will be joining the church in 
a few weeks, as soon as they finish their 
membership training. 

I never tell any of the Catholics to leave 
their church. And there aren't many evan- 
gelical churches in our area. So we just 
tell them, "Go where you'll get fed," and 
they keep coming! 

Celebration and worship ! Every gather- 
The Brethren Evangelist 

Norman Long tells how 
the "Master Church-Builder" 
is building His church 
in Pittsburgh, Pa., 
through His people. 

Church growth 
at Pittsburgh 

Over the past five years the Pittsburgh First 
Brethren Church has experienced significant 
growth in five different areas. 

The most spectacular growth has taken place 
in Sunday morning worship attendance. Average 
attendance has gone from 46 to 115 in the past 
five years, an increase of 150%. 

Over this same period, membership grew from 
63 to 73, a 16% increase. 

There has been a 100% rise in both Sunday 
school and mid-week attendance. Sunday school 
average attendance has gone from 32 to 63, and 
mid-week attendance has climbed from 12 to 25. 

Along with the increase in members and 
attendance has come an increase in congrega- 
tional giving. During the last five years giving 
has risen by 75%. 

ing of the Body of Christ for v^^orship 
should be a celebration of what He has done 
and is doing. Worship should be exciting 
and fun, as well as reverent and holy. I 
consciously plan to make every service one 
that absentees will be sorry they've missed ! 
Get people saying, "Wasn't the worship 
great last Sunday?" 

Go for disciples, not just members ! God 

is looking for disciples, not just nominal 
members of the church. I went that route 
once. I was pastor of a home mission 
church, and our goal was one hundred mem- 
bers. We reached our goal. We got the mem- 
bers, but we didn't have disciples! 

We do not make it easy to" become a 

member at First Brethren. To qualify for 
membership, a person must: a) be born 
again through a personal faith in Jesus 
Christ, b) receive believers baptism by 
trine immersion, and c) attend the Pas- 
tor's Membership Class — a four to six- 
months study of Our Faith. 

Go for men! The Lord loves the women, 
children, and men equally, but He builds 
His Church on the men. If we get the men 
first, then we'll also get the women and 

We attempt to build men and let the Lord 
build the church. We follow the 2 Timothy 
2:2 principle: "And the things which you 
have heard from me in the presence of 

People to people 

Rev. Long commented at Conference, "One of 
the things that, I guess, has brought more 
people than anything else is just simply word 
of mouth — people sharing the Lord Jesus Christ. 
And this is nothing we've programmed. The Lord 
is doing it." 

Effa Grace Bruggeman is one of those who 
has been sharing the Lord Jesus Christ with 
others. She is a beautician at a Christian beauty 

parlor, where she has many opportunities to 
share her faith. 

She commented, "Well, through my witness- 
ing at the shop, I have asked some of the people 
to come in to the church for the prayer and 
praise service during the week, and a lot of 
them have come back for morning worship on 
Sunday with us and have stayed in the church." 

October 1977 

A church must seek men if it is to grow . . . and 
the men will bring their families with them. 

many witnesses, these entrust to faithful 
men, who will be able to teach others also." 
Last year I taught a class for my men for 
their discipleship training entitled "For 
Men Only," using the book by J. Allen 
Petersen of the same title. 

Minister to families! One of the things 
the Lord is doing in this day is strengthen- 
ing families. Be careful your church pro- 
gram is not dividing families rather than 
strengthening them and building them up. 
Here at First Brethren, Monday night is 
Family Night. We plan no church activities 
on Monday nights. We encourage families 
to be together at least that one night a 

Much of the material in my "For Men 
Only" class dealt with successful Christian 
family living. The counterpart course my 
wife, Kay, taught for the women entitled 
"The Christian Answer to Women's Lib!" 
also emphasized successful family living. 

Set goals! Leaving what lies behind, we 
need to stretch forward to the goals that 

lie ahead. But we won't know we've met 
them if we don't set them. Too often we're 
like the archer who always hits the bulls- 
eye. It was discovered that he merely shot 
his arrow, then drew a circle around wher- 
ever it landed. 

We believe in challenging, realistic goals. 
This past Easter we set attendance goals 
that were way beyond anything we had 
ever experienced. But because of the peo- 
ple's enthusiasm and the Holy Spirit's 
moving, we reached and surpassed each 
one. Palm Sunday our goal was 150; we 
had 171. Easter Sunday our goal was 175, 
and we had 180. And April 17th our goal 
was 125, and we had 154! 

These are the principles we've seen work 
here in Pittsburgh. Yours may be different, 
but the same Lord Jesus Christ who reigns 
over us in the power of His Spirit also 
reigns over you. I thank God for His prom- 
ise to all of us: "... upon this rock I will 
build my church; and the gates of Hades 
shall not overpower it" (Matthew 16:18). 
It's His Church, and He has promised to 
build it. Let's let Him do it! □ 

Bus ministry 

In telling about the work of the Pittsburgh 
Church at General Conference, Rev. Long said, 
"Really the greatest part of church growth has 
come through the bus ministry." 

John Lynch, a member at Pittsburgh and one 
of the bus captains, had these comments about 
the bus ministry: ". . . weekly bus dependability 
is essential. Also, weekly visitation in most 

families on our route is important because there 
are many needs and much opportunity for 

John added, "We know there has been growth 
in the church attendance since the bus ministry 
was started, but we are not certain as to what 
percentage is credited to it. But one thing we 
know, if the people have a mind to work, the 
Lord will supply the increase." 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Lay Ministries 

Salt and Lii^ht 

That's the responsibility to the world Chris- 
tians share. Keith Bennett tells how South 
Bend First Brethren is carrying it out. 

DURING the past year and a half, the 
Social Action Committee of the First 
Brethren Church of South Bend, Indiana, 

— aroused opposition to adult bookstores 
and adult theaters in the church 
neighborhood ; 
— opposed the granting of a liquor license 
to an establishment near the church; 
— encouraged members of the church to 
vote their Christian convictions without 
party labels; 
— made the church more aware of its 
need to be involved in local community 
As a result of the work of this committee, 
lay men and women of the South Bend 
Brethren Church are actively involved in 
dealing with social issues and community 

Surprisingly, this Social Action Com- 
mittee was born out of a church growth 
seminar. A few years back a number of 
us at South Bend realized that our church 
wasn't growing. That scared us. In order 
to do something about it, we hooked into 
a church growth seminar at Nappanee led 
by Win Arn. Between 15 and 18 of our 
people attended the various sessions. 

We drew the charts and took the ques- 
tionnaire to our congregation. One of the 
questions on the questionnaire was, "Where 
does your congregation need to do more?" 
The question was followed by several pos- 
sible choices — evangelism, Bible study, 
social action, and so on. Close to 30 of our 
people said that we needed to do more in 
the area of social action. 

Keith Bennett is former pastor of the South 
Bend, Ind., First Brethren Church. He is currently 
pastoring the new Brethren Church in Brandon, 

Much of what might be considered social 
action was already taking place in our 
church. As pastor of First Brethren, I 
served on the board of directors of Broad- 
way Christian Parish, which has a strong 
social and educational ministry in the 
southeast side of South Bend. Our church 
and deacon board had spent much money 
in assisting transients and neighborhood 
people with food, clothing, utilities, rent, 
transportation, and so on. For two years 
our church took neighborhood black chil- 
dren to our camp — some 20 teenagers those 

(continued on next page) 

A word about 

First Brethren Church 

South Bend, fndiana 

The First Brethren Church of South Bend has 
been in existence for more than 90 years, in just 
about the same location. This places it in the 
midst of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the 
city. The housing is older, and much of it has 
deteriorated. Consequently, the area is populated 
by the elderly who don't want or can't afford 
to move, and by people with low incomes or on 
welfare who live in the area because the housing 
is inexpensive. The population consists of elderly 
whites, blacks, Mexican Americans, and some 
younger, middle-aged whites who either live in 
the area by conviction or because they can't 
afford other housing. 

The racial mix of the area is about 55 to 60 
percent white, and 40 to 45 percent black. There 
are many decent people from various back- 
grounds. But there are also many on drugs or 
alcohol or involved in prostitution, and many 
who steal for a living. The crime and illiteracy 
rates are high, and the income level is low. 

October 1977 


two years. And for years more than half 
the children attending our VBS were black. 

It is obvious that we were already in- 
volved in social action. But still our people 
felt that we needed to do more. So about a 
year and a half ago, I asked several mem- 
bers of the congregation to meet with our 
moderator (Ray Smith) and me to consider 
this need. The meeting was very fruitful. 

At this first meeting we talked over our 
purpose and set some goals. Two of our 
goals were: (1) that every member would 
bring one new member to our committee 
within three months; (2) that the com- 
mittee would publicize its work with articles 
every month in our church mailing. Both 
of these goals were met. The committee now 
consists of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lightfoot, 

"Close +o 30 of our people said we 
needed to do more In the area of 
social action." 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold VanKosky, Mr. Paul 
Place, and Mrs. Helen Sriver. They meet 
the third Tuesday of every month at the 
home of Mrs. Sriver. 

The committee has struggled with vari- 
ous issues since its inception. One of its 
first actions was an attempt to do some- 
thing about adult theaters and adult book- 
stores in our community. We began by 
publicizing our concern in our local church 

When South Bend Mayor Nemeth pro- 
posed a zoning ordinance to control this 
kind of establishments, we made public 
announcements encouraging our people to 
attend a public hearing at the County-City 
Building concerning the ordinance. Thirteen 
of our people attended the meeting. 

At the first meeting the proposed 
ordinance was tabled, requiring us to come 
back four weeks later. Twelve of us attend- 
ed this second meeting. I was appointed 
spokesman for our church by our moder- 
ator, and I addressed the council in support 
of the Mayor's ordinance. I also spoke of 
our concern. Prostitutes had been soliciting 
business in our area, sometimes even from 
the steps of the educational building! 

The Mayor had his proposal well pre- 
pared, and the ordinance passed. Recently 
the city of Mishawaka has put into effect 
a similar ordinance. We feel that the action 

at South Bend was an encouragement to 
their action. 

A few weeks after the zoning ordinance 
was passed in South Bend, an adult estab- 
lishment in our area tried to get a liquor 
license — which would have been a violation 
of the new ordinance. Once again we showed 
our opposition. Our people, along with other 
groups of concerned individuals, signed a 
petition of protest. Paul Place and I went 
to a hearing along with 50 to 60 neighbor- 
hood people. The lady withdrew her 

The committee has also tried to encourage 
our people to vote their Christian conviction 
without party labels. On one occasion we 
arranged for David Walenga, an area leader 
in promoting political involvement by Chris- 
tians, to make a presentation to our church 
school concerning the Christian's duty as 
citizen and voter. 

On another occasion, our committee 
heard a presentation by Mark Argosh con- 
cerning Citizen's Action Coalition (CAC). 
This is a group seeking to sensitize citizens 
to the issues of the day and to encourage 
them to do something about these concerns 
at the grass-roots level. CAC surveyed the 
entire South Bend area seeking to discern 
what the issues of concern of the various 
neighborhoods are. The survey showed that 
neighborhood deterioration, housing, and 
crime were the major issues. As a result of 
our Social Action Committee's recommen- 
dation, the church voted to support CAC 
with $450 this year — in order that they 
might hire three staff people to organize 
the community for effective action. 

The most recent action of our committee 
was a barage of support for Anita Bryant 
in her courageous stand against legalized 
homosexuality, and for Peter Rodino and 

"Social action Is not a substitute for 
evangellsnn and missions; it Is their 

others in their opposition to child porno- 
graphy. Our action took the form of two 
petitions with 100 signatures on each and 
personal letters of support and encour- 

Under the leadership of the Social Action 
Committee, the South Bend Brethren 
Church is involved in social concerns. This 

(continued on page 31) 


The Brethren Evangelist 

church growth forum 

by At den Gilmer 

What? No Converts? 

Why do some churches have so few converts? 

Last month we Brethren convened our General 
Conference of the Brethren Church for the 89th 
time. Conference provided many inspirational 
moments. Many people made life-changing deci- 
sions regarding meaningful service to their Lord 
and His church. Brethren shared generously in 
the Conference Missionary Offering for Operation 
Impact in exuberant support for establishing new 
Brethren churches indicating that a climate con- 
ducive to dynamic growth does exist in our 

But a look at our statistics indicates that growth 
is not happening. Why? In looking at our latest 
reports (1976), I discovered a few pertinent items. 

Of the 106 churches reporting, 32 (30%) had no 
conversion growth in the year. Of these 32 church- 
es, 13 are small congregations served by part-time 
pastors. Four of the 32 experienced a pastoral 
change during the year. But 15 have full-time 
pastors who have been in their church a year or 

Is there any legitimate reason for a church with 
a full-time pastor to have no converts in an entire 
year? Are we right to ask what that pastor is 
doing with his time? Shouldn't that pastor evaluate 
his own life, witness, and activities? A full-time 
pastor should himself lead several people to Christ 
in one year. If he is active in personal evangelism, 
he will. If he relies only on pulpit ministry, he 

The pastor is not the hired evangelist to do all 
the witnessing for the church. But as shepherd- 
leader and as an obedient Christian, he must set 
the example in personal evangelism. He must add 
to his example by training lay people to enter 
into their ministries of personal evangelism. 

A further look at the report reveals that 43 
Brethren churches (41%) had five of less converts 
in 1976. Actually only four churches had five con- 
verts, so 39 had four converts or less. Three of 
these are churches with part-time pastors, and 
three had a change of pastors in 1976. Thirty-eight 
of these churches have full-time pastors who have 
been at that church for a year or more. 

I have selected conversion growth as the basis 
of this analysis. Why? Because it is the best kind 
of growth, and because it is the best indicator 
of our evangelistic effectiveness. Figures show 
that 71% of our churches had five or less converts 
in 1976. Even a casual observer can quickly inter- 
pret what this says about the effectiveness of 
our evangelism. 

Rev. Marlin McCann performed an extremely 
useful function in his moderator's address, which 
was based in part on his survey of our pastors 

and local church leaders. Those responding to 
this survey indicated that evangelism ranked third 
highest in all the gifts regularly emphasized in 
the teaching and preaching of our churches. If 
that's the case, why didn't we have more converts 
in 1976? Has the gospel lost its power? Has the 
Holy Spirit deserted us? Do we live in an unre- 
ceptive nation? The answer to these questions is 
an emphatic "no." 

There must be another reason. A clue comes 
from the same survey. Replying to another ques- 
tion, the respondents stated that their church did 
not have a well-organized plan of evangelism. 
Evidently we do a lot of talking about evangelism 
in our sermons, Sunday school classes, and Bible 
studies, but we do little more than talk. We give 
lip service to evangelism, but fail to develop 
effective ministries for sowing, cultivating, water- 
ing, and harvesting. 

Why did the Brethren have so many churches 
with so few converts in 1976? Again, survey 
responses give another clue. Sixty-six percent of 
those responding said that their local church 
budget designated 5% or less for evangelistic out- 
reach (not home or foreign missions). The point 
is clear. Small investments in evangelism result 
in small evangelistic returns. A church with a 
maintenance mentality will hoard money for self 
instead of giving freely to reach their friends and 
neighbors for Christ. 

Why did 71% of the Brethren churches have so 
few converts last year? Maybe we are using a 
good strategy for the wrong purpose. Those re- 
sponding to the moderator's survey rated the 
weekly sermon as the most effective evangelistic 
strategy in their church. But, according to 
statistical reports, that strategy is not very effec- 
tive. The major reason: evangelism is to focus on 
non-Christians. But non-Christians do not even 
hear the weekly sermon. 

The arena for evangelism is not the church 
building, but the world. All Christians, both clergy 
and laity, must be involved as salt and light In 
the world. Would better results come from using 
the weekly sermon for edification, nuture, spiritual 
teaching, and instruction in preparation for wit- 
ness in the world? 

One group of believers in Africa has a worship 
service for three Sundays. But on the fourth Sun- 
day they all spend their worship time visiting in 
homes and sharing the gospel on the street. Result 
— converts! Why? They are taking the gospel 
message to non-Christians where they are. We 
must begin to apply that principle in our culture 

October 1977 


ashland college 

The Mission of a 

Church-Related College 

Ashland College President Arthur Schultz 
shares his philosophy for Christian higher 

ASHLAND COLLEGE was founded one 
hundred years ago primarily to per- 
petuate a conception of religious faith. To- 
day, higher education must have as one 
of its purposes to foster a program built 
around the stated purpose of the Christian 

This article by President Schultz is excerpted 
from addresses he presented at General Conference 
to the laymen and the pastors of the Brethren 

What is the mission of the church-related 
college today? Such a college has a par- 
ticular and worthy function to perform in 
our society. It is a special mission, rather 
than an attempt to simply imitate or delib- 
erately compete with the secular schools. 

A church-related college, such as Ashland 
College, is committed to a system of rea- 
soned values which give direction to life. 
Ashland College is concerned with the 
elements that develop and nurture an 
ordered and stable life. In pursuit of this 
end, academic excellence must be sought, 
not only in terms of the nature of the 
faculty, but through the curricular 

Specifically, we should seek at Ashland 
an act of involvement with life, an under- 
standing of the nature and foundation of 
Christianity, and each student should be 
viewed as a person. 

Religion should provide a center of direc- 
tion for the total program, with the pre- 
occupying idea to develop in each individual 
spiritual, intellectual, and moral values. 

Religion cannot be worn on one's sleeve 
as a badge, it cannot be acted out as a kind 
of pantomine, it cannot consist of glib and 
meaningless phrases. Religion demands a 
degree of dedication based upon deep con- 
viction and positive belief. It is at once 
supremely personal and completely social. 
It commands the full attention of the in- 
dividual even as it restrains him from im- 
posing judgment upon others. Instead, it 
leads him to rejoice when he sees a fellow- 
man moving in the same direction, although 
possibly by a different path. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

"Education must be Christian . . . 
and Christians nnust be educated. 

If at Ashland we can even in part accom- 
plish these specifics, we will, I believe, pro- 
vide for all the college community an inter- 
pretation of life illuminated by a faith which 
will give us guidelines for the important 
realms of life and living. 

Education must be Christian and Chris- 
tians must be educated. If the church is to 
lead, we need young people to see the im- 
portance of college. For better or worse, 
the world is changing and there is no going 
back, no matter how comfortable the past 
may look in retrospect. For better or worse, 
the processes and structures of education 
are changing and will continue to change 
with ever increasing rapidity. 

We have no greater treasure than our 
sons and daughters. Let us strive to serve 
them well. 

The church-related college seeks to help 
a young person: 

— to think clearly and purposefully, 
— to have something to live for, 
— to have something to live by, 
— to sense what is most important 

in life, 
— to accept and apply Christian moral 

and spiritual values, 
— to do the will of God, 
— to use the Bible as the guide book 

for living, 
— to grow as a Christian. 
We must work to make Ashland College 
even better. To chart the course of a 
church-related college these days calls for 
great courage, vision, sound judgment, and 
faith in God. 

We must continue to work hard if we 

are to make of Ashland one of the very 
best colleges in Ohio and one of the very 
best Christian colleges of our nation. 

For this rewarding task, I would like to 
see the church accept a growing share of 
responsibility so that the benefits of Ash- 
land to young people and to the church may 
be multiplied. 

If we are to have a free tomorrow, we 
must work for the strengthening of our 
free institutions today. 

If we are to build a Christian world order, 
we must invest now in the preparation of 
those young people who can and will be the 
leaders of such a church and such a world. 
We must provide the opportunities for 
growth and learning which they so will- 
ingly pursue. 

We seek your understanding, loyalty, 
assistance, interest, participation, and 
prayers. May Ashland College continue to 
grow in influence and further great accom- 
plishments in Christian Higher Education 
because of the Brethren Church. 

October 1977 


ashland college 

A Blueprint for Tomorrow 

President Schul+z officially opened the Cen- 
tennial Year of Ashland College by address- 
ing the autunnn convocation. 

T COUNT it a privilege to speak at this 
particular Convocation, at which are 
assembled the students of Ashland College. 
I can assure you that I feel very humble 
in the capacity which I am asked to fulfill 
today, and somewhat awed by the task 
before me — the task of contributing a mes- 



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sage that will in some meaningful way 
direct the busy and tumultuous lives of 
students at the beginning of an academic 
year, and will, at the same time, reveal my 
personal relationship with Ashland College. 

The word 'student,' if we think of its 
true meaning, is a great leveler, which 
transcends all ranks, all titles, all ages, 
and all classes. For a student is a person 
who is truly devoted to learning. And I 
take it that all of us here are truly devoted 
to learning. 

For the first time in 29 years, one — Dr. 
Glenn L. Clayton — is not here to begin 
another year at Ashland. Dr. Clayton has 
left a tradition at Ashland — a tradition of 
excellence. He has always strived to create 
higher goals, to rise to new standards, to 
take what was good and make it even 
better. What he leaves behind is for the 
betterment of all who have attended Ash- 
land and for all those who will attend in 
the future. He will continue to be with us 
as President Emeritus, and I am personally 
appreciative that he will be a consultant 
and friend. 

And now, allow me to direct your think- 
ing toward a blueprint for tomorrow. 

"To every man there comes in his life- 
time that special moment when he is fig- 
uratively tapped on the shoulder and 
offered the chance to do a very special 
thing, unique for him and fitted to his 
talents. What a tragedy for society if that 
moment finds him unprepared or unqual- 


The Brethren Evangelist 

if ied for the work which would be his finest 
hour." You are aware, I am sure, that I 
have borrowed this phrase from one of the 
greatest Enghshmen of our time. Sir 
Winston Churchill. Though the phrase re- 
fers to a great and determined stand made 
against impossible odds by a noble people, 
it is nonetheless true of the individual. 
This week, as we begin a new college year 
at Ashland, I commend to you the vision 
of a special task, which you will some day 
be called upon to perform. If you are pre- 
pared for it, that day will be your finest 

What can higher education say in shaping 
a blueprint for tomorrow in a world of in- 
security? Dr. Robert Hutchins, when he 
was Chancellor of the University of Chicago, 
stated the challenge: "Civilization can be 
saved only by a moral, intellectual, and 
spiritual revolution in which we are now 
living. If education can contribute to a 
moral, intellectual, and spiritual revolution, 
then it offers a real hope of salvation to 
suffering humanity everywhere. If it can 
not, or will not, contribute to this revolution, 
then it is irrelevant and its fate is 
immaterial." A college must produce people 
who are able and free to scrutinize society's 
values and ready to attempt their modifica- 
tion, if necessary. In other words, we must 
educate or disintegrate. 

One cannot visit the Strategic Air Com- 
mand Headquarters at Offutt Air Force 
Base, Nebraska, without experiencing a 
welter of conflicting emotions. Predominant 
is gratitude for the sense of security which 
those enormously complicated defense sys- 
tems can generate, and a more tolerant 
attitude even toward taxes. There is, of 
course, a feeling of awe, mixed with a tinge 
of doubt as to whether man actually can 
master such technological refinements. And 
there is also an overpowering tug of regret 
that so much money must be spent for such 
expensive gadgets which may never be 
used. A still greater foreboding is that they 
may be used, and expanded. 

All of this adds up to a stronger-than- 

ever belief in the famous aphorism — "We 
are in a race between education and extinc- 
tion." First of all, it is essential that our 
scientists continue to carry on the research 
and do the experimenting which will keep 
us in the forefront of technical development. 
Ashland College must do its part in produc- 
ing the scientists and technicians of the 
future. We dare not stint the flow of dol- 
lars which will keep our laboratories 
equipped with the best scientific instru- 
ments, and our classrooms provided with 
the most able teachers we can find. But 
even more important, perhaps, is the abso- 
lute necessity of educating for positions of 
leadership in a society which must find a 
better way of solving universal problems 
than by destroying one another. There has 
never been a time in history when brain 
power was more sorely needed in politics, 
in journalism, in the pulpit, in business, and 
in the home. There has never been a time 
when education was more vital to our 

In this era of increasing secularization 
and specialization, the Ashland College 
Board of Trustees is convinced that this 
College has the potential to become a land- 
mark institution upon the national scene 
of church-related, liberal arts colleges. I 
believe this also, or I wouldn't be here. And 
I further believe that we have a faculty at 
Ashland who will help us achieve these 
greater accomplishments. 

To walk around the Ashland campus and 
to read the inscriptions on its buildings — 
this is to sense, at least in part, the history 

'We are convinced that Ashland College has 
the potential to become a landnnark institu- 
tion among church-related, liberal arts 

October 1977 


of the College and the generosity of many 
friends and alumni in the past. By recording 
certain names, such as Myers, Kettering, 
Clark, Conard, Hoffman, Kates, and Young, 
Ashland expresses its deep gratitude to 
these benefactors. With other names, such 
as Miller, Jacobs, Bixler, Clayton, Andrews, 
Kem, and Amstutz, great service is recog- 
nized. Not every person can be memorialized 
in the naming of a building, but many men 
and women can provide some part of an 
institution in which they believe. 

The entire purpose of the liberal arts 
experience is to develop citizens who will 
participate intelligently in the life of the 
home, community, and state. And the extra 
dimension of the church-related college, by 
Ashland's standards and definition, is to 
create a sensitivity to social relations and 

Moving Ashland even further into the